While the film’s small panel didn’t reveal any new details about the film itself really, Marvel did reveal the roles that Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, and Danai Gurira will be playing in the film, with the two actresses playing Nakia and Okoye, two members of Wakanda’s elite forces unit, the Dora Milaje. Meanwhile, Jordan will be playing one of the film’s main villains, Erik Killmonger, which many fans had theorized about following his initial casting.
During a post-panel conversation with Marvel.com about the film as well, Nyong’o revealed our first idea of what the standalone movie’s story will be, despite the script still not being fully completed, as far as we know right now.
Here’s what N’yongo had to say about the film’s story:
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.
So if one of the villains is going to be Killmonger, logic suggests that the other foe taking on T’Challa in the film will be Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaw, who first appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron last year, and not only sold vibranium stolen from the country in the ensemble film, but also has strong ties to the Black Panther lore in the comics as well.
Serkis still has yet to be confirmed to be appearing in the film, so it’s possible that the other villain could be someone else, still possibly uncast. As of right now, the only other two obvious characters in the MCU with direct ties to the Black Panther comics though are Klaw and Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross, both of whom many fans have assumed will be appearing in the Black Panther standalone film.
We got our first look at the Dora Milaje in Captain America: Civil War though, so no matter who the villainous duo end up being in the film, I imagine that they’ll still have a mighty fine fight on their hands with both T’Challa and his Dora Milaje standing in between them and being the rulers of Wakanda.
Black Panther is set to hit theatres on February 16th, 2018.
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