A scene depicting a gay love interest has been booted from Marvel's upcoming movie Black Panther. Co-writer Joe Robert Cole has addressed the rumors.
Has Marvel cut a gay scene from Black Panther? Last year, many movies stood strongly for LGBT representation. But it looks like fans are in for some disappointment with Marvel's latest news about its upcoming movie.
In a statement to Screencrush, Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole has suggested that the nature of the relationship between Danai Gurira’s Okoye and Florence Kasumba‘s Ayo in Black Panther may not be a romantic one. In fact, it sounds like the idea was thought about but ultimately nixed.
He said: "I think the short answer is yes. I know that there were quite a few conversations around different things, different directions with different characters, and characters that we may have. We thought, ‘Well, maybe we’ll work it this way with an arc or work it that way with an arc.’"
"The scene you’re talking about, I don’t remember. I can’t remember the exact exchange you’re talking about, but I think it was really brief. I’m not sure. I know that it was not – there wasn’t some major theme through that we were looking to explore with that in terms of the story. We didn’t like, pull out a full thread of some theme. But your friend quite possibly could be right, or I’m maybe having a brain fart here and just can’t remember." Joe was quoted as saying
The scene that was allegedly cut involves Danai Gurira and Florence Kasumba in a rough cut from the movie Black Panther.
Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson had a chance to watch the scene. She describes it as such: "In the rough cut of this Black Panther scene, we see Gurira’s Okoye and Kasumba’s Ayo swaying rhythmically back in formation with the rest of their team. Okoye eyes Ayo flirtatiously for a long time as the camera pans in on them. Eventually, she says, appreciatively and appraisingly, 'You look good.' Ayo responds in kind. Okoye grins and replies, 'I know.'"
If Marvel has chosen to edit out the gay scene footage, it would be a missed opportunity to introduce diversity to the Marvel universe. The movie is set to hit theatres on February 16.
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