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We Still Aren’t Sure If Michael B. Jordan Will Appear At All in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

By | May 4, 2021

The much anticipated sequel to Black Panther finally has a title and a release date! Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released on July 8, 2022, but we still don’t know much else about the upcoming movie. One of the (many) lingering questions about the sequel is whether or not Michael B. Jordan will return in some form as Erik Killmonger, the antagonist of the first movie. Right now, unfortunately, we have absolutely no idea.

As it stands right now, we know that at least some of the original cast will be back. Between 2018 and 2019, at least three of the original cast members confirmed their involvement in the sequel. Deadline reported that Letitia Wright would reprise her role as Shuri, while Danai Gurira told MTV that she will be back as Okoye. Plus, when Collider asked Martin Freeman if his Everett Ross would return, he confirmed, “As far as I know, I will be [returning]. As far as I know, I will be in another Black Panther. That’s my understanding.”

More casting news broke in late 2020, a few months after the death of series star Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa, the Black Panther. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that three more original stars were on board: Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Winston Duke as M’Baku, and Angela Bassett as Ramonda. The same report also revealed that Tenoch Huerta, best known for Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, was in talks to play a still-unnamed villain. In December 2020, Marvel confirmed that T’Challa would not be recast, and Boseman’s death would be handled in a still-undisclosed way.

All this is interesting news, but still leaves open the question: what about Killmonger? The cast, at least, seems like they’d love for Jordan to make a return. “We all love Michael, we can never get enough Michael B,” Gurira joked in her 2019 MTV interview. “I mean, you can never get enough Michael B, we all know this.” Jordan himself seems less certain: in a SiriusXM radio interview in April 2021, he was asked to rate the likelihood of his return on a scale of 1 to 10. “I’m gonna have to go with a solid 2,” he said. “I didn’t want to go zero! Never say never. I can’t predict the future.”

The end of the first Black Panther certainly seemed to close the door on Killmonger’s arc within the Marvel movie universe. After being defeated by a revived T’Challa, Killmonger refused his cousin’s offer to save his life and instead requested to be allowed to die watching the Wakandan sunset and to be buried at sea, like his ancestors who chose death over slavery. He’s last seen removing the fatal spear from his body and dying peacefully with T’Challa by his side.

Of course, a character’s death is no guarantee they’ll never reappear again. Given that Black Panther‘s universe has the Ancestral Plane, where the living can commune with the spirits of the deceased, it would be pretty easy to let Jordan reappear in some capacity. Killmonger does appear and reappear, even apparently being resurrected, in the comics, so anything is possible – we’ll have to wait and see what path Marvel decides to take.

The Office Actress Kat Ahn Recalls How the Show’s Racist Jokes Impacted Her Personal Life

By | March 30, 2021

Hollywood’s portrayal of Asian women in media is historically upsetting. Harmful stereotypes, hypersexualization, and fetishization have played into onscreen projects for decades, including on NBC’s The Office. Actress Kat Ahn recently opened up to the Washington Post about how her guest spot on the comedy show’s “Benihana Christmas” episode resulted in her being the butt of racist jokes.

In the 2006 episode, Michael Scott (played by Steve Carrell) calls Benihana “Asian Hooters” and marks the arm of one Asian waitress with Sharpie so he can tell her apart from another. Michael’s behavior across the show’s tenure is knowingly problematic, meant to be a parody of ignorant bosses in workplaces nationwide. However, for Ahn, this storyline still remains hurtful 15 years later. Ahn said she was “just there to be the joke” and felt powerless. “You’re told to shut up and be grateful,” she said. “Actors have no power until they become a star.”

Ahn previously elaborated on this experience through a TikTok video. “The storyline with myself and the other Asian American actress is that we were the ‘uglier’ version of the actresses at the Benihana,” she said. “Also that all Asian people look alike; we’re one big monolith; and we’re just one big, walking stereotype without any personality or individuality, which is problematic.” Ahn’s personal life was also impacted by the show’s racism. Later, a coworker at her office job attempted to mark her arm exactly like the episode. He’d brush off her discomfort with an unfortunately typical reply, saying it was just a joke.

Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, the show’s Pam and Angela, agreed this episode is problematic during their Office Ladies podcast, admitting the Sharpie scene makes them “cringe.” Kinsey said, “I just don’t think this storyline would have been written today.” Fisher agreed, “I don’t think so either.”