‘Black Panther’ Screenwriter Comments On Rumors Of Deleted Gay Romance

Black Panther Dora MilajeLast year, an early scene from Black Panther that was screened for critics featured a brief moment in which Danai Gurira’s Okoye and Florence Kasumba’s Ayo flirted with each other, suggesting that the film would include Marvel Studios’ first on-screen gay relationship. While many believed the film drew inspiration from the gay characters depicted in the World of Wakanda comic, the scene has been omitted from the final cut of the film and screenwriter Joe Robert Cole addressed the change during an interview with Screen Crush.

When asked if the aforementioned scene was originally written to suggest a gay relationship between Ayo and Okoye, Cole replied:

“I think the short answer is yes. I know that there were quite a few conversations around different things, different directions with different characters, and characters that we may have. We thought, ‘Well, maybe we’ll work it this way with an arc or work it that way with an arc.’

The scene you’re talking about, I don’t remember. I can’t remember the exact exchange you’re talking about, but I think it was really brief. I’m not sure. I know that it was not – there wasn’t some major theme through that we were looking to explore with that in terms of the story. We didn’t like, pull out a full thread of some theme. But your friend quite possibly could be right, or I’m maybe having a brain fart here and just can’t remember.”

What do you think of the decision to exclude the scene? Share your thoughts below!

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke,  Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and John Kan.

Black Panther will be released in theaters on February 16, 2018.

Source: Screen Crush

10 Films That Need To Happen In Marvel’s Phase Four

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Disney Fox Fantastic Four X-Men AvengersThis year the Marvel Cinematic Universe turns ten years old. Marvel Studios has come a long way since 2008 and audiences have seen the universe grow into the biggest media franchise of the 21st Century. After ten years there are no signs of slowing down, in fact, it appears we’ve just scratched the surface.

Back in 2014, Marvel announced its Phase Three slate, and now we are almost half way there coming up fast on the final films. Phase Four is already on everyone’s mind, specifically after the game-changing event Avengers: Infinity War. Now with Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox, the possibilities have opened up even wider. Everybody is now under one roof, so what can we expect in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Here’s a count down the ten films most likely to appear in Phase Four based off of what fans want and the studio’s previous announcements. Click Next to get started!

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