Even though we’d all pretty much assumed it was fact, Lupita Nyong’o’s Black Panther casting wasn’t officially announced until this past weekend at Comic-Con. During the giant Hall H panel, Danai Gurira was also announced as having joined the cast of what is now in serious danger of over-exciting our delicate little fan hearts.
What’s surprising is that Lupita, who just came off of the mega tight-lipped spoiler-phobic Star Wars, may have let some information slip that she wasn’t supposed to. Read at your own risk, although it seems like harmless, broad sweeps of trailer-level plot.
Well I can say a little actually. I can say more than I could about Star Wars. I play Nakia, who is member of the Dora Milaje which is, as I’m sure you know, a special forces group from Wakanda. And the story of this Black Panther is…what I am allowed to say? The story is that the Black Panther’s leadership is been threatened by two foes that come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy.
See? Nothing big, but that’s when she added, “Someone’s going to fire me shortly. I have to shut up now.”
It seems odd that Marvel doesn’t provide scripts for these big events, or at least a VERY clear do/do not say list of bullet points. Spoiler or not, though, it’s just great to have more information.
Oh, and if anything Nyong’o said is exciting to you, Marvel has announced that they’re releasing a Black Panther companion series called World of Wakanda, which will focus on expanding our knowledge of that fictional nation. That’s pretty cool, right? Well, hold on to your butts because the real exciting part is that the book will be co-written by two of the most brilliant women on the planet, poet Yona Harvey and feminist extraordinaire Roxane Gay.
So. I am writing a comic book series for Marvel. https://t.co/adcBWBtThT— roxane gay (@rgay) July 22, 2016
Both women are new to comics, just like Ta-Nehisi Coates (who is also working on World of Wakanda) was when he was brought onto the Black Panther series.
This came about because @tanehisicoates remembered a story I read at AWP in Boston. And he recommended me to Marvel.— roxane gay (@rgay) July 22, 2016
According to the New York Times,
Her story, written with Mr. Coates, will follow Ayo and Aneka, two lovers who are former members of the Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s female security force. “The opportunity to write black women and queer black women into the Marvel universe, there’s no saying no to that,” she said.