With the Marvel/20th Century Fox deal in play, the Black Panther sequel could be very interesting.
Before the first Infinity War trailer, before Black Panther and the buzz of a Black Panther sequel, the biggest news in Marvel-land was the Disney/Fox merger.
Late in 2016, Marvel fans were sent into a frenzy with the news that Disney was closing in on a deal to purchase the majority of 20th Century Fox’s film and TV properties. This deal includes Disney gaining the film rights to beloved Marvel characters such as Deadpool, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four.
If the deal is approved by the government, Disney can begin the process of integrating these characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, things may not be finalised for years.
Fans turned their attention back to films already on the way, like the newly released hit Black Panther.
As the film has been both successful and loved, we are certain to get a Black Panther sequel. By the time this sequel is released, the Disney/Fox deal could be finalised.
What does this mean for our new favourite hero?
The Black Panther sequel could introduce an X-Men character to the MCU.
When the Fox/Disney deal clears, an MCU X-Men adventure will be at the top of many fans’ wish-lists. The concern with making one right off the bat is that the universe could be flooded with too many new characters right away.
It may be wiser to introduce them slowly, one or two at a time, in other MCU films. This could include having a popular mutant introduced in the Black Panther sequel.
Fans of the comics know that Black Panther has very strong ties to a member of the X-Men. ‘Til death do us part, you might say. He is currently married to Ororo Monroe, aka Storm. She rules at his side as Queen of Wakanda.
Storm could possibly be introduced fleeing to Wakanda in search of a place where her power would not be feared. Alternatively, her origins could be re-imagined as Wakandan. Ororo could meet T’Challa, and their comic book romance would bloom.
What about Nakia?
“But wait!” I hear you cry. “T’Challa already has a love interest!”
Hmm, so he does.
That, my friends, is how the MCU could introduce its first major love triangle – one between Nakia, T’Challa, and Ororo.
Unfortunately, this may not mean great things for some of the characters we came to love in the first Black Panther film.
The Black Panther sequel could take some dark turns.
In the Black Panther comics, Nakia is far from the strong, heroic figure we see in the film.
Instead, she is a teenage member of the Dora Milaje with an obsessive crush on T’Challa. On one occasion, she even fakes drowning to force T’Challa into resuscitating her.
Later, Nakia stages an ‘accident’ meant to kill T’Challa’s girlfriend, Monica Lynne. When he finds out the truth, he is forced to banish Nakia from Wakanda.
From that point onwards, Nakia becomes an enemy of the Black Panther. Working under the new name of Malice, she sets out to destroy any woman T’Challa loves.
Fall from grace
It may seem unbelievable right now, but the movie’s Nakia may go down a similar dark path.
The Black Panther sequel could reveal that Nakia had jealousy issues. These issues may even have lead to the end of Nakia and T’Challa’s earlier relationship.
Even if no romantic relationship forms between T’Challa and Storm, Nakia could become jealous if the two became friends. This jealousy could fester, leading Nakia to try and dispose of Ororo as her comic-book counterpart tried to do to Monica Lynne.
Alternatively, Nakia’s jealousy could be sparked by some sort of mind control from a villain.
Either way, T’Challa would be forced to banish her from Wakanda.
This kind of twist would make the Black Panther sequel unique.
As heartbreaking as it would be to see a loved character take such a dark turn, it would be good for the film. In fact, it would be good for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Who would go into a superhero sequel expecting the main love interest of the first film to become a villain in the second?
Audiences would be left torn, unable to hate a character they once loved.
Most importantly, such a twist would keep viewers on their toes. They wouldn’t know what to expect from future Marvel films.
Of course, this all depends on whether the Fox/Disney deal is approved. If it is, then Black Panther’s sequel will have the opportunity to keep the MCU interesting and relevant for years to come.
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