More details about the highly anticipated sequel to “Black Panther” have just emerged.
On Wednesday, July 21, Variety reported that British actress, screenwriter and producer Michaela Coel has been added as a new cast member to the Marvel film. Details about her character are being kept under wraps for now, so fans are throwing out predictions about what Coel’s role may be in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
What seems to make sense to Marvel fans is if the “I May Destroy You” creator plays T’Challa aka Black Panther’s ex-wife and X-Men superhero Storm.
One person wrote, “Michaela Coel as Storm in Wakanda Forever is the perfect segway for the X-Men’s introduction into the MCU. LETS MANIFEST Folded hands.”
Another anxious person wrote, “Excited to hear Michaela Coel is joining Black Panther II: Wakanda Forever. I’ve been imagining her as STORM for a while now! It’s almost too much to hope for!!!”
Someone else said, “will be wearing my x-men t-shirt tomorrow to manifest michaela coel as storm ⛈.”
The history between Storm and T’Challa is extensive. According to Screen Rant, it begins with Storm saving T’Challa from a group of white supremacists when he was just a boy. Years later, they meet again during the Civil War and the Black Panther proposes to Storm. Their marriage ceremony sparks a “Civil War Cease Fire” event and things seem well when Storm distances herself from X-Men to become the Queen of Wakanda.
But eventually the war between the Avengers and the X-Men pulls the couple apart, with them both defending each of their own teams (Black Panther is with the Avengers and Storm is with X-Men). When Storm tried to return to Wakanda, T’Challa annulled their marriage.
Fans are really anxious to learn the plot of the film, since the unexpected death of the film’s lead, Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther. He tragically passed away last year from colon cancer. Even some of the actual characters in the film are uncertain about how the movie may turn out. Angela Bassett, who plays T’Challa’s mother, Ramonda, said earlier this month that there are currently about five different scripts.
The current release date of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is July 8, 2022.