The upcoming Black Panther sequel has been shrouded by mystery over the last year following the jaw-dropping passing of Chadwick Boseman. At one point, the future of the franchise seemed to be in doubt but Marvel Studios pretty much confirmed earlier this year that they're moving forward with the project now titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Now, the film is once again surrounding by intrigue with the addition of I May Destroy You actress Michaela Coel.
Variety first broke the news that the 33-year-old British star has been cast in the project which began production last month. Key details about her casting are being kept under wraps but the entertainment website's sources claim that Coel has joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios where the sequel will be filmed.
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It's still a little too early to tell which character Coel will end up playing in Wakanda Forever but diehard MCU fans believe the actress will be the perfect casting choice to play the franchise's Ororo Munroe aka Storm. Thinking about it now, I'm actually quite sold on the idea. Check out some of the reactions here:
Michaela Coel playing Storm would be like several cultural resets. Wow.— Ryan, Mistress of the Dark (@agreatprincess) July 21, 2021
Excited to hear Michaela Coel is joining Black Panther II: Wakanda Forever.
I've been imagining her as STORM for a while now! It's almost too much to hope for!!! pic.twitter.com/D5e5aQHyDV— Aman Chaudhary - Artist (@AmanCreates) July 22, 2021
MICHAELA COEL IS STORM?? AND NO ONE TOLD ME???— astrid saw black widow!! (@jessicadamnd4y) July 22, 2021
If Michaela Coel ends up playing Storm it will solve global warming. https://t.co/8Re7tNfwZN— Catherine Powell (@CatherinePowell) July 21, 2021
Michaela Coel as Storm in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever would be a MOMENT!— (@MJFINESSELOVER) July 22, 2021
If Michaela Coel is Storm then maybe everything will actually be okay. Maybe he'll text back. pic.twitter.com/cFQSApzkvT— Patrick MB (@PSawyerSchu) July 21, 2021
Marvel wouldn't cast such a phenomenal actress like Michaela Coel just to play any character. Storm is indeed coming I can feel it pic.twitter.com/7eiF8RfNOm— Mutant (@gagamutant) July 21, 2021
I’m grasping at straws but if we get michaela coel as storm……. pic.twitter.com/UlF2WU3Pzg— BAP I (@beforemoonlight) July 21, 2021
Michaela Coel receiving the news that she'll be playing Storm in Black Panther 2 pic.twitter.com/3pYOGTLUbn— Joe (@JoePassmore) July 21, 2021
Michaela coel as storm naurr It’s the FUTURE I CAN SEE— HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty (@itskeyon) July 21, 2021
I know Emmy nominee Michaela Coel just got cast for Black Panther Wakanda Forever— EternalsTalks (@EternalsTalks) July 21, 2021
She would be the perfect Storm no cap pic.twitter.com/Ebcp7akoGO
Given Storm's rich history with T'Challa, it would make absolute sense for the character to make her official MCU debut in Black Panther 2. It's a shame though that we'll never get to see the two characters who have been portrayed as love interests in the comics together on the big screen.