As usual, Marvel has again kept character details under wrap. However, Variety exclusively reported that I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel has joined the director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios, where production began last month for the expected sequel of Black Panther, Wakanda Forever. We will only find out much about the character when Marvel will be ready to give details.
The newly added star is best known for her acting and writing skills. Last year in 2020, Coel created and acted in the series named I May Destroy You, which won critical acclaim and earned the star four Emmy nominations thanks to her writing, directing, producing and starring in the drama. The story of the drama series followed a writer who is attempting to live with the trauma of rape. The storyline was so powerful that apart from the fans, critics were impressed too. The list of award nominations speaks for itself when it comes to the quality of her work on all aspects of the series. Coel’s work is not just limited to this, she has also written episodes of Black Mirror and Chewing Gum for Netflix, as well as the movies Been So Long and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Coel works via her indie label Falkna Productions, which she used to produce I May Destroy You.
Speaking of the original Black Panther movie which came out in 2018, grossed more than $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office and a wealth of award nominations including a Best Picture nod at the Academy Awards. As mentioned before, a sequel was expected but the death of star Chadwick Boseman in 2020 changed the movie’s potential sequel storylines forever. Ryan Coogler, director of the movie, doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned in carrying forward the legacy of the late actor. He said during a Black Widow presentation, “It’s clearly very emotional without Chad, but everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”
While additional cast has not been confirmed, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett will likely reprise their roles from the original film. Although we don’t know much about the story, we do know one thing that Wakanda Forever will feature the aquatic villain Namor, with official plot details recently emerging via Production Weekly.
The details read: “Both Wakanda and Atlantis are hidden civilisations with advanced technology and increased militaristic abilities that decided to separate themselves from the rest of the world for their own safety, and in a way, out of fear.”