Lupita Nyong’o has just revealed a couple of tidbits about the plot for BLACK PANTHER. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler (FRUITVALE STATION, CREED), will center on the young King of Wakanda, T’Challa, that we met in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, who will- once again- be played by Chadwick Boseman (42, GET ON UP). Up until now, not much has been known about the plot of the film, but yesterday I wrote about how Coogler is very interested in the power structure of Wakanda’s warrior-based society.
Today, thanks to fresh comments from Nyong’o (12 YEARS A SLAVE), we have more of an idea of what T’Challa will be up against as he assumes the throne vacated by his recently-assassinated father.
Here’s what the BLACK PANTHER actress told Marvel.com about the plot of the film:
“The story of this Black Panther is- what am I allowed to say? â€“ The story is that the Black Pantherâ€™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.”
It was recently revealed that Michael B. Jordan, who has appeared in both of Coogler’s previous films and will join him again in BLACK PANTHER, would play a villain in the film. So Jordan’s Erik Killmonger (what a subtle name) will be one of these two foes, but who will the other be? Nyong’o wouldn’t say. But ever since AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, speculation has run wild that Andy Serkis would return as Ulysses Klaw.
It’s also interesting that she mentions the C.I.A. as, until now, we’ve been under the impression that BLACK PANTHER would take place almost entirely in its own Wakandan bubble, in its own corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is the first real indication that there’ll be an American element to the story, with this talk of the C.I.A.
And for those unaware, the Dora Milaje are T’Challa’s elite force of female guards.
What do you make of Nyong’o’s revelations about BLACK PANTHER?