During San Diego Comic-Con 2016, the main cast of the Black Panther movie was announced. Among them was Academy Award winning actress, Lupita Nyong'o. While talking about her character, she casually mentioned a few details about the plot. While the film is still currently in pre-production and going through various stages of writing, it seems that a solid foundation is set. The actress revealed that there will be two villains in the movie and that the CIA would play a crucial part within the movie. The news seemingly came under the radar as the interview implies that she just dropped this information quite matter-of-factly, rather than a big reveal. However, it does give you something to chew on. This all makes sense when you look at Black Panther's history in comics and how it coincides with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We already know that Michael B. Jordan will be playing Erik Killmonger, who is one of Black Panther's main enemies. So who will be the second one? Look no further than Avengers: Age of Ultron, where we were introduced to Ulysses Klaue, a thief who was literally branded by Wakandan authorities for stealing their chief resource, vibranium. Ancillary materials for the movie revealed that Klaue's family has a tense history with T'Challa's a.k.a. Black Panther's family. Klaue's comic book counterpart, Klaw, is considered to be the archnemesis of Black Panther. The two were introduced with one issue of one another in The Fantastic Four. Klaw is in fact the murderer of T'Challa's father. While that element has changed within the movie, their histories are still tied to one another. Since Marvel Studios signed a known actor such as Andy Serkis (and even mentioned that he will have a part to play in future Marvel movies), it makes sense that the Black Panther movie would be his next appearance.
So what might the CIA play in this movie about an African nation? This ties into Captain America: Civil War and the role played by Martin Freeman. He played the character Everett K. Ross, who in the comics was a major supporting player in the Black Panther comics for a time. Both versions of Ross are government officials and though there was no onscreen interactions between the two characters in Civil War, they were on the same side during the conflict of that movie. It was surely no coincidence that Marvel Studios decided to introduce Black Panther and one of his major supporting players in the same movie. Martin Freeman is a well-known and highly busy actor, and his role in the movie was minimal at best. No doubt that he was signed on with future appearances guaranteed.
So how can all this fall together? The CIA does deal with international affairs and with the country of Wakanda not being so isolationist following the events of Age of Ultron and and T'Challa's actions at the end of Civil War, Wakanda is something of an international hotspot. Killmonger's history in the comics has him being exiled to America and harboring a grudge against the King of Wakanda. Age of Ultron revealed that Klaue was an international player with a lot of shady global connections. Ross is someone who is familiar with T'Challa, and with Wakanda coming under the microscope, you can see him being a liaison between the CIA and Black Panther himself.
More details are bound to come out about the upcoming Black Panther movie as the year goes on. The film is due to begin filming early next year. The movie will be released on February 16, 2018.
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