BLACK PANTHER Screenwriter Weighs In On Rumored Deleted Scene Featuring Gay Romance

BLACK PANTHER Screenwriter Weighs In On Rumored Deleted Scene Featuring Gay Romance

Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole has weighed in on reports that the movie will feature a romance between two members of the Dora Milaje and his comments may generate controversy. Read on for more.

Black Panther is being praised for being incredibly diverse and critics have also made a point of highlighting the fact that it does a great job of portraying female characters. Last year, Vanity Fair reporter Joanna Robinson saw an early cut of the movie and mentioned a scene between Okoye and Ayo in which it was hinted that the two members of the Dora Milaje were romantically involved.

That's reportedly been cut from the movie and it's generated controversy among the LGBTQ community. Now, Black Panther screenwriter Joe Robert Cole has been asked to weigh in on that. 

"I know that there were quite a few conversations around different things, different directions with different characters, and characters that we may have," he vaguely replied in regards to that nod about the LGBTQ nature of some of the members in T'Challa's group of female bodyguards. "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," he added. "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." The question is, do we believe him? 

It's hard to say but a lot of fans will inevitably be disappointed that this plot point has been cut from Black Panther. What do you guys think? As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts down below.
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