On Monday evening, Marvel Studios invited a small group of reporters into its innermost sanctum (a screening room) for an early look at a number of its upcoming films.
While some of the films, like Captain Marvel, are still in the very early stages of development, others, like Black Panther, are far enough along that there was ample footage to be seen. By nearly all accounts, Black Panther is going to be something that changes the way we think about superhero movies.
In addition to being Marvel’s first film to feature a predominantly black cast, Black Panther was also positioned to bring a number of queer characters from Ta-nehisi Coates’ ongoing Black Panther comic to the big screen in a major way.
Ayo and Aneka, two of the Black Panther’s elite royal bodyguards who happen to fall in love with one another before leading a feminist uprising, were introduced early on during Coates’ Black Panther run. The pair have since gone on to headline their own series in Roxane Gay’s World of Wakanda that fleshes out their origin stories both as lovers and warriors.