Marvel’s Black Panther is certainly creating a lot of buzz since their trailer launched a few weeks ago. At the helm of the film is Ryan Coogler, who also directed great films such as Fruitvale Station and Creed. Starring in the film as T’Challa aka Black Panther is Chadwick Boseman he is joined by Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Andy Serkis. Without a doubt Black Panther has a fantastic cast list.
One of the actresses in the film, who is making her first feature film debut, is singer Nabiyah Be. She took to Twitter to announce who she is portraying in Black Panther, a character by the name of Tilda Johnson. Black Panther and Luke Cage fans will recognize this as the name of the villain named Nightshade. An interesting point that was made on CinemaBlend was that Nabiyah Be had posted this image of her character (see below) when the trailer dropped, but since there was nothing recognizable about Nightshade, it went unnoticed. One thing that the image does tell us now is that she will be working with, or for Erik Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan.
While Tilda Johnson’s character has gone by several different names like, Dr. Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade and Nightshade, she made her first appearance in comics in Marvel’s Captain America #164 in August of 1973. She was a scientist who would turn people into werewolves to fight Captain America. Then she became a villain for Black Panther as well as Luke Cage.
It is unknown for the moment how extensive her role is going to be in the film. She may or may not even have a prominent role in Black Panther. Whatever the role, we now have three villains confirmed for the film: Killmonger, Nightshade and Man-Ape. With a great cast, and director, this has all the making of a great film. We are about half a year away from its release of next February. What are your thoughts on Black Panther so far? Chime in Below!
Black Panther hits theaters February 16, 2018.