- I May Destroy Youstar Michaela Coel has been cast in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
- While her role is undisclosed, some Marvel fans think she’s been cast as Storm, a member of the X-Men.
- Keep up with all the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe news here.
On Wednesday night, news broke that Michaela Coel, the 33-year-old English star and creator of the hit HBO series I May Destroy You, had been cast in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is currently in production down in Atlanta.
While the reports from Variety did not disclose Coel’s role, fans immediately began to speculate that she had been cast as Storm, one of the most iconic members of the X-Men, Marvel’s titular team of mutants.
Which character is Michaela Coel playing in #BlackPanther #WakandaForever? Yes, Storm is an exciting possibility (obviously), but not the only one. Zenzi would be awesome. I'd also love seeing Coel play Aneka and form the Midnight Angels with Florence Kasumba's Ayo! pic.twitter.com/krPRzdUHxb
— MCU Fan Show – Marvel Studios News (@MCUfanshow) July 21, 2021
Michaela Coel as Storm in Wakanda Forever is the perfect segway for the X-Men’s introduction into the MCU. LETS MANIFEST 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/wAOsRHzA5u
— Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) July 21, 2021
Marvel casting Michaela Coel as Storm would create world peace and solve climate change, please let it be so. https://t.co/wMlC0FvvtB
— Kareem Yasin (@thekareem) July 21, 2021
can you imagine if michaela coel enters the MCU as Storm?!?! I'll collapse #WakandaForever
— Nora Dominick (@noradominick) July 21, 2021
If Coel isn’t Storm I’m suing Marvel
— ColinAlexander (@NellyFurtadont) July 21, 2021
Michaela Coel is rumored to play Storm???? I WILL LIVE.
— Romrom (@testosteroms) July 22, 2021
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is already rumored to be introducing one iconic Marvel hero, as there have been reports that Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta has been cast as Namor — Marvel’s version of Aquaman — and will debut as the character in the Black Panther sequel.
If Wakanda Forever does, in fact, introduce both Namor and Storm, it will certainly be juggling quite a lot, as the film, quite obviously, is also tasked with not only honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy, but convincingly explaining T’Challa’s absence. It certainly sounds as though things are in flux, as Angela Basset recently gave an update on the script, saying that it’s already gone through five iterations with a sixth on the way. Perhaps that sixth draft is the one that includes Storm. That said, trust in director Ryan Coogler remains as high as possible — I have zero doubts that Wakanda Forever will be both emotional and thrilling.
At this time, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever — which stars Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, and Michaela Coel — is scheduled to hit theaters in the United States on Friday, July 8, 2022.