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Movies: Wakanda Forever’s Blink-And-You-Miss-It Queer Romance

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s promised LGBTQ+ representation is reportedly lacking, with a queer kiss described as a “blink-and-you-miss-it” moment. Early reviews of the Black Panther sequel have noted that despite actor Michaela Coel claiming the fact her character Aneka is queer “sold me on the role”, it doesn’t translate to the screen. Depictions of Aneka’s sexuality and relationship with Ayo (Florence Kasumba) are limited to a single kiss on the forehead. Grace Randolph, who runs a YouTube channel called Beyond the Trailer, commented on the film’s queer representation, complimenting Coel’s performance but voicing disappointment at the depiction of Aneka’s sexuality. … Read more

Trailer: Michaela Coel to Play Queer Warrior in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Michaela Coel - Wakanda Forever

Marvel has confirmed that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will introduce the queer character Aneka, played by none other than Michaela Coel. The first trailer for the Black Panther sequel premiered at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday (23 July), along with a string of announcements about the new film and the wider Marvel universe. After much speculation, it was confirmed that I May Destroy You’s Michaela Coel will be playing Aneka. Coel was first announced for the film in July 2021, but her character had been kept under wraps. In the Marvel comics, Aneka is the combat instructor of the Dora … Read more

Golden Globes Snubs Black Panther Snubbed, But Stars Share Lesbian Kiss

Black Panther stars Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira gave fans exactly what they wanted at the 2019 Golden Globes. The two Marvel stars were having fun at InStyle‘s Golden Globes after-party, in a ‘party elevator’ video skit with co-star Michael B. Jordan. The clip, shared on social media, shows Gurira waiting for an elevator, before the doors open to reveal Nyong’o and Jordan kissing. Nyong’o promptly dismisses Jordan, and begins to make out with Gurira instead. Sharing the clip, Nyong’o wrote: “When the cat’s away…” By Nick Duffy, Full Story at Pink News

FOR BOTH: Evolving Historical Cultures

Black Panther

FOR WRITERS & READERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer SA Collins: Amazons and other similar “historical” cultures – from a writing craft standpoint, why do we freeze these cultures in time, and not let them evolve with their own form of science/magic that would take them out of the stone/bronze age? Would these evolved cultures wouldn’t have created and moved past such historical weapons? What makes us, as an evolved society, think that a culturally rich environment can’t make leaps and epic discoveries if they are equally competent in education and technology? Black Panther demonstrates this well. How can … Read more

Does Black Panther’s Success Open the Door for a Queer Superhero?

Black Panther

Hollywood is celebrating the remarkable breakthrough box office performance of Marvel’s Black Panther, the first entry in the popular Marvel Cinematic Universe to feature a black leading character, and indeed, a mostly-black cast. Part of the shock and awe felt within the industry when it comes to Black Panther comes from the history of black superheroes in films: There just aren’t very many, and even fewer with memorable films. Spawn anyone? Steel? Meteor Man? They hardly qualify as cinematic classics, and can’t even come close to the fun and style of Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. All of which raises another question: What about queer superheroes? Could the commercial … Read more

TRAILER: Black Panther

Black Panther

Marvel Studios has just released the trailer for the highly-anticipated Black Panther. Footage from the film was given a standing ovation at Comic-Con last summer. Bleeding Cool has the synopsis: Following-up on where events left off in Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to Wakanda in time to find his very sovereignty challenged by warring factions from within his own borders. When Wakandan exile Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and black market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) conspire to bring down his reign, T’Challa must become the Black Panther; and with the aid of C.I.A. … Read more