Black Panther screenwriter says there was a lesbian storyline but it was cut off

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When the film was announced, fans were excited by the prospect of Okoye and Ayo, two of the title character’s bodyguards, as Ayo used to have a lesbian romance with the fellow warrior in the comics. And these hopes were encouraged by reports that an early screening of the film featured Walking Dead star Danai Gurira’s Okoye looking at Ayo with an alleged attempt to flirt with her. The enthusiasm provoked by this turned to frustration and claims of LGBT erasure after Marvel officially stated that no lesbian storylines would be explicitly shown in the movie. A Marvel spokesperson reached out to clearly state that “the nature of the relationship between Danai Gurira’s Okoye and Florence Kasumba’s Ayo in Black Panther is not a romantic one.” In fact, in the final version of the film, Okoye is depicted as straight and developed relationships with a male character. Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole, however, admits that there should have been a same-sex love story. “I know that there were quite a few conversations around different things, different directions with different characters, and characters that we may have,” he said. “We thought: ‘Well, maybe we’ll work it this way with an arc or work it that way with an arc.’ “. As for the scene where two female characters allegedly flirted,
he revealed that he did not remember it and it was not defining for the plot.

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