Ghanaian-British actress Michaela Ewuraba Boakye-Collinson aka Michaela Coel has been casted in the upcoming sequel of the American superhero movie Black Panther. After gaining recognition and awards for starring in various TV series including BBC One and HBO’s comedy-drama I May Destroy You, Coel becomes the latest actor to join the marvel cinematic universe.
While we can confirm Coel’s addition to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the role she will be playing is yet to be announced. Notwithstanding, rumour has it that the Londoner will be playing Storm, the mutant Meteoric goddess. Storm is a fan favourite character in the history of comic books. Her characterization gained even more traction when she was portrayed by veteran American actress Halle Berry in the X-Men film series.
However, it is unclear whether Coel’s Storm will be joining Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as a mutant. Although Storm is technically an Omega level mutant, whose X-gene grants her unlimited potential, she has been explored as an African goddess as much as a mutant. Black Panther #172, for example, saw T’Challa tell Storm her powers were “a gift of godhead, passed down from your ancestors.” Storm even shared a romantic connection with T’Challa, but since Marvel has decided to not recast the role after Chadwick Boseman’s demise, it opens several doors of exciting possibilities.
Marvel doesn’t seem to be in a massive hurry to introduce mutants, so they may well avoid explicitly calling Storm a mutant. But her complicated origin means there’s potential to blur the lines given the Multiverse has been established as a major part of the MCU’s Phase 4. And that can only make for great excitement.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has begun production and will debut in theatres from July 8, 2022.
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