Chadwick Boseman stole our hearts and made our jaws drop with his portrayal of legendary superhero Black Panther, a.k.a. T'Challa in Captain America: Civil War. Boseman's performance got the character critical praise which in turn gave Marvel confidence in his upcoming solo film: Black Panther. During Marvel Studios' panel in SDCC, the company dropped their usual share of excitement and announcements, which included a new logo and character reveals for Black Panther.
That announcement also included confirmation on who Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Lupita Nyong'o is playing: crazed Black Panther adversary, Nakia a.k.a Malice. Well, after this, during an interview with Marvel.com, the actress made a huge announcement of her own regarding the plot of Black Panther.
Beware, for spoilers are approaching!
She said this:
"The story of this Black Panther is- what am I allowed to say? – The story is that the Black Panther’s leadership is really threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy."
That's... pretty much a summary of the plot and like I said, a huge announcement to drop a year and a half before the movie hits theaters. But, for those of you who are having trouble reading the context in what she said, here's a breakdown of everything:
The Villains Who Join Forces
With the "two foes who come together", we have three different characters that fit that description. We know Michael B. Jordan is playing Erik Killmonger, a ruthless villain whose only goal is to dethrone T'Challa, and Lupita Nyongo's Nakia is his colleague, who takes the name Malice with the intention of exacting revenge from the man she's obsessed with: T'Challa.
While those two could fit the description of adversaries coming together, Nakia is more of a sidekick than a main villain. Killmonger will clearly be one of the two main antagonists in the film.
There's also the infamous villain Ulysses Klaue, a.k.a. Klaw, who was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron and played by Andy Serkis. He is obsessed with retrieving the precious metal vibranium, which comes from Wakanda. Considering Erik and Klaw's motivations are enough to make an alliance that perfectly fits the description given by Nyong'o, it's a safe guess that Klaw is a very likely candidate for the second villain spot.
The Role Of The C.I.A.
Something I found interesting is the fact that T'Challa is getting help from the C.I.A. Why? Because Martin Freeman portrayed C.I.A. liaison Everett Ross in Captain America: Civil War. In the comic books, Ross acts as a liaison between Wakanda and the United States and becomes a trusted ally of the Black Panther and a regular supporting character in various stories.
Such is Black Panther's trust in Everett that he appointed him Regent of Wakanda in his absence. Will Martin Freeman have a prominent role in the film? Will he become T'Challa's trusted ally? In Civil War, he doesn't seem to possess the extensive knowledge on Wakanda that his comic book version does so, could we see him getting that expertise in Black Panther?
Who Are The Dora Milaje?
Another thing to note is the Dora Milaje helping Black Panther defeat his enemies. For those of you who don't know who they are: They are a group of wives-in-training and bodyguards for the King of Wakanda. T'Challa, however, prefers to look at them as his daughters rather than romantic interests. Nakia, Killmonger's companion, is a crazed ex-member of the Dora Milaje, who slowly became obsessed with T'Challa until her feelings eventually turned to hate.
Danai Gurira is playing Okoye, one of the most loyal members of the Dora Milaje and Black Panther's trusted ally, so Lupita Nyong'o's plot description seems to indicate both her and Gurira will have important roles in Black Panther.
You are now all caught up in the hype behind Nyong'o's plot description. Personally, I love where the story is going since it will be able to show us, the audience, why T'Challa is king by taking the mantle away from him and watch him take it back.
Do I think Lupita's comments are too spoilery? Yes, but that's what we are always looking forward too, isn't it? What do you think?