The character of Okoye has only appeared in four films thus far, and the Disney+ series “What…If?” in three episodes, but she’s had the opportunity to battle some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s top baddies in Thanos (Josh Brolin), Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), and Proxima Midnight (Carrie Coon). But it’s not Okoye’s fighting abilities that Danai Gurira is the most excited about. No, there’s a deeper more meaningful contribution being made to the MCU and to cinema for that matter, by Okoye and her same-sex relationship with Aneka.
“The door is opening now, and we must explore and show all experiences,” Gurira said in an interview with Vanity Fair, as she spoke about her character’s love interest in the “Black Panther” sequel. “I’m glad to see that Marvel is being more inclusive and showing gay characters to exist freely in a society and live their lives honestly. I hope it normalizes seeing characters like this.”
At the New York City premiere of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Gurira smiled, but she didn’t have any intention of giving away secrets about Aneka, or any other major spoilers. “This is about the experience people will have in the theater,” she said during an interview with extratv. “So, the last thing I want is to see that destroyed by people finding out just by hearsay and talking.”