This past weekends Comic Con saw a lot of exclusives and plot reveals. One such reveal came from Lupita Nyong’o who gave out a few details about the forthcoming ‘Black Panther’ movie.
Basically we have learned that T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) will be fighting battles on multiple fronts when Black Panther comes to cinema’s in 2018.
After the movies panel at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday, Marvel.com (as spotted by Collider) posted red carpet interviews with some of the cast, including Lupita Nyong’o, who is playing Nakia — a classic comics character who has at times been romantically linked to Black Panther and at other times been the villain Malice.
Nyong’o revealed that the film will see T’Challa seek help from his personal body guards, the Dora Milaje, led by Okoye (The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira).
“Black Panther’s leadership is being threatened by two foes that come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the CIA and the Dora Milajei to try to defeat the enemy,” said Nyong’o, who went on to joke that she’d said too much. “Oh dear. Someone is going to fire me shortly. I have to shut up now.”
The question is. Who will the two villains be? At the con Michael B Jordan was revealed to be playing Erik Killmonger, an expert fighter and nemesis of Black Panther. In the comics, he has a connection to Ulysses Klaw (introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron and played by Andy Serkis).
Killmonger happens to be a Wakandan whose given name is N’Jadaka. N’Jadaka’s dad was coerced into working for Klaw when he attacked the country — but when that plan was foiled, N’Jadaka’s whole family was exiled from the country by T’Challa. N’Jadaka wound up in Harlem, growing to hate T’Challa. As his hatred built he changed his name to Klaw and plotted to overthrow T’Challa.
At present Serkis has not been confirmed for Black Panther, but Killmonger and Klaw being the villains is a pretty strong bet. An interesting clue from Nyong’o is that the Wakandan king will seek out help from the CIA. A likely candidate to fill that role? Martin Freeman’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ character, Everett Ross, who in the comics has a long history with Black Panther.
‘Black Panther’ is set for release on Feb. 16, 2018.