A lot of us may recognise Michael B. Jordan (Fantastic Four, Creed) as the vengeful, embittered Killmonger, foil to our Wakandan King, T’challa, the ever popular Black Panther. While Killmonger’s former Navy SEAL’s character has been pretty retired from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jordan’s foray in the combat boots of an ex-Navy SEAL has yet to come to an end. Putting down the mantle of disenfranchised Wakandan royalty, Jordan is donning the black kevlar of Tom Clancy’s counter-terrorist team commander, John Clark, in Paramount’s upcoming film adaptations for Without Remorse and Rainbow Six.
If the name sounds familiar, the Rainbox Six games by Ubisoft are based on Tom Clancy’s novels.
Jordan will be the third Clark to grace the silver screen, coming after Willem Dafoe (Clear and Present Danger, Aquaman) and Liev Schreiber (The Sum of All Fears, Spotlight). His stint as Killmonger has shown us just how adept he is at infusing hate-fuelled brutality with a surprising sense of honour, and we can’t wait to experience his delivery of battle veteran Clark, which will ideally be just as potent in emotional depth.
If all goes according to the novels, Without Remorse will take us through Clark’s origin story, detailing the events of how he went from John Terrence Kelly to his present moniker; and Rainbow Six will then take us through the inception of Clark’s counter-terrorism unit, Rainbow. While Clark often plays second fiddle to Clancy’s more renowned character, Jack Ryan, it’s high time he gets to shine in the spotlight — super-secret counter-terrorist operative or not.