Daniel Richtman, an industry insider, said in a Patreon post that Okoye “will have a same-sex romance with another Dora Milaje in the movie,” but did not discuss further. Okoye, played by Danai Gurira, first appeared in 2018’s Black Panther as the head of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s all-female royal guard who served as the most talented and faithful fighters. Gurira reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, as well as in a post-apocalyptic world installment of Marvel’s miniseries What If…? on Disney+.
In the comics, romance among the Dora Milaje is not uncommon either. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run on Black Panther focused on Ayo and Aneka, two former Dora warriors who fell in love. The couple went on to build a reputation for themselves outside of the Dora, wearing futuristic high-tech outfits and becoming the rogue duo the Midnight Angels. Florence Kasumba has already played Ayo in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Aneka, played by Michaela Coel, has been speculated to feature in Wakanda Forever, although these rumors have yet to be verified.
Earlier this year, the Loki Disney+ show revealed that the God of Mischief is bisexual, while Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will star Xochitl Gomez as the young superhero America Chavez, who is openly homosexual in the books. Nevertheless, with the bond between Phastos (Bryan Tyree Henry) and Ben (Haaz Sleiman), the release of Eternals was the first MCU film to portray an openly homosexual pair. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently claimed that LGBTQ+ inclusion in Marvel films is only getting started. “Gay superheroes have featured in comic books. It is more than just a scene from a movie “Feige stated this during the premiere of Eternals in October. “This is just the beginning.”
Information on the script for Wakanda Forever is still being kept under wraps, although it has been announced that the story has been reconstructed following the loss of star Chadwick Boseman. According to rumors, the narrative would have Wakanda being besieged by its historic rival, the undersea realm of Atlantis, with actresses Tenoch Huerta and Mabel Cadena likely joining the cast as King Namor and his cousin Namora, respectively. In addition, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was sighted on a shoot in Atlanta, implying that the Contessa would appear in Wakanda Forever, while Michael B. Jordan is said to be reprising his role as Killmonger, serving as a spiritual advisor on the Ancestral Plane.