Lupita Nyong’o will be seen making her superhero movie debut with Black Panther. When asked recently about her upcoming movie she said that movie Black Panther could unite Americans and perhaps the rest of the world. 'Black Panther' is based on the character introduced by Marvel in 1966, the first black superhero in mainstream American comics.
Historically, the superhero movie genre has always shown a way for diverse kinds of people to come together and support good versus evil. Black Panther will be the first superhero movie featuring a predominately black cast. The film follows the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), known as T’Challa, as he leads the fictional African country of Wakanda during national security threats and an impending uprising sparked by his nemesis Erik Killmonger.
“The beauty of cinema is you all go into a room together and agree to suspend your disbelief and share this experience of another world," said Lupita Nyong’o. "For that moment, you are all one in that space, experiencing the same thing. It reinforces our sense of community. These big blockbuster superhero films appearing in moments when we’re so polarized are some of the few chances we all get to be on the same page.”
The Academy Award-winning actress stars as a warrior in the upcoming superhero movie. Nyong’o plays one of Wakanda’s expert assassins, Nakia, who is also T’Challa's love interest. The actress equates superhero movies with what used to unite people in the past. "Its modern folklore," she said, "and folklore is important. It informs our sense of oneness."
“In our story, there are so many different women holding their own space," Nyong'o said. "Women may be in competition with each other, sure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s an absence of love or respect. You see the female Wakanda warriors work together, and you see a dynamic that is really encouraging. Making this film awakened me.”
The superhero flick is slated to release in 16th February 2018.