The Black Panther progress
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Most people who came out of Captain America: Civil War wanted more Black Panther. As Sarah keeps repeating, this is what we all want next. And soon. But while there’s a new Thor in production (no one is more excited about the third Thor movie than Tom Hiddleston), the standalone Black Panther doesn’t come out until 2018. But the director and the cast have been assembled and they were all at Comic-Con this weekend, led by Ryan Coogler and Chadwick Bosman. Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B Jordan were already previously reported but now we know that Danai Gurira has also joined the cast. What a f-cking cast. With women who will obviously be central to the story, as Ryan told Entertainment Weekly:
“The thing that’s really cool about Wakanda that we know from the books, that’s consistent with all the different stories, is that they worship the panther goddess. It’s a place where gender roles are very different than how we see them in today’s age. The Dora Milaje are the most elite fighters in the country, and you can only be a woman in the Dora Milaje.”
An elite fighting club that only accepts women? Come on! Presumably then, Lupita and Danai will play warriors. Warriors that, perhaps, will eventually have their own movies. Because while this was all happening, Marvel also confirmed that Roxane Gay is co-writing Black Panther: World Of Wakanda with Ta-Nehisi Coates. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther is the highest-selling comic of the year. Ta-Nehisi Coates + Roxane Gay? Two of the most powerful, intelligent, provocative, and insightful writers in the writing game combining forces?
Also, the story they’re writing? Black Panther: World Of Wakanda will be about two lesbian female soldiers, Ayo and Aneka.
I texted this to Duana on Friday night, because that’s how exciting our summer weekends are now, and even though neither one of us are super into superheroes, this was recruitment. It is fresh. It is new. It is time. For me to buy the first Marvel comic book of my life?