Lupita Nyong’o dropped some “Black Panther” spoilers at San Diego Comic-Con. Although she wasn’t allowed to say much about Marvel’s new film, she revealed a couple details that hadn’t been released yet. Her short synopsis of the film gives fans just a taste of what the 2018 action movie will be about.
“The story is that the Black Panther’s [Chadwick Boseman] leadership is being threatened by two foes that come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy,” Nyong’o revealed to Marvel.
This actually reveals that although many casting announcements have been made, there are still more to come. Eric Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) was revealed as the villain at Marvel Studio’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, but no mention was made of his alliance. It isn’t clear who Killmonger could be working with. The threat is probably someone whose agenda doesn’t just affect Wakanda. For the CIA to get involved, the villain is likely a danger to the U.S. too. Could it be someone that Marvel audiences are already familiar with?
The CIA information also gives more weight to speculation that Martin Freeman will reprise his role as Everett Ross in “Black Panther.” He was introduced as part of the Joint Counter Terrorist Center that wanted to take down the Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes) in “Captain America: Civil War.” He was often seen alongside CIA Agent Sharon Carter (Emily Van Camp), so the agencies clearly work together. Ross is the Wakanda liason in the comics, so it would certainly make sense for him to appear.
It won’t just be the CIA on Black Panther’s side, though. He’ll also have the Dora Milaje, a special forces unit which includes Nakia (Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira). Director Ryan Coogler said the formidable special forces unit makes “Black Panther” unique.
“The thing that’s really cool about Wakanda that we know from the books, that’s consistent with all the different stories, is that they worship the panther goddess,” Coogler told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a place where gender roles are very different than how we see them in today’s age. The Dora Milaje are the most elite fighters in the country, and you can only be a woman in the Dora Milaje.”
Audiences will see how T’Challa and the Dora Milaje handle Killmonger and his ally when “Black Panther” hits theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.