Why Was Black Panther 2's Lesbian Kiss Cut? Reddit Offers Perspective

Why Was Black Panther 2's Lesbian Kiss Cut? Reddit Offers Perspective ...

New information has revealed that Marvel Studios' first on-screen lesbian kiss was deleted from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Over the last few years, Marvel Studios, and in turn the Marvel Cinematic Universe, have become more and progressive, and Black Panther 2 was a direct result of that effort.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has become more inclusive than it has ever been. The franchise has even been recognized for its on-screen representation, as it introduces heroes of diverse backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

However, the studio seems to have nixed one recent opportunity for an on-screen first that was supposed to be a part of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Black Panther 2's A Cut Kiss

The first lesbian kiss from Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever film, according to a web link, was removed from the final scene of the film.

At the end of the film, Florence Kasumba's Ayo (played by Michaela Coel) kisses her partner Aneka.

Ayo offers to "restore the warrior] as a Dora [Milaje]" in Aneka's Wakanadan apartment.

"Aneka kisses [Ayo] on the cheek," says Kasumba's Wakandan warrior, who replies by "kissing] Aneka on the lips. "

The couple shared a kiss in the last scene of the film, but it was one in which Aneka kisses Ayo on the forehead during the Talocanil's final battle. It's not a kiss at all in the script.

Aneka yells "Duck!" to her partner, who avoids an attacking Talocanil warrior. Ayo replies by looking at Aneka and saying "Thanks my love," with no kiss between the two:

Before Wakanda Forever's release, the Aneka and Ayo romance was teased. Ayo actress Michaela Coel previously stated that the pair's "forbidden affair" was something she wanted to explore.

She remarked that she knew how big it was to present this kind of "representation on a very mainstream platform."

What Was the Effect of Black Panther 2's Kiss?

It seems a little suspect that this sequence was subsequently removed from Wakanda Forever's final cut, in a franchise that has been all about pushing things forward and embracing diversity.

To have a lesbian couple on-screen is one thing, but to have them kiss their faces is another. It's small, but it's moments like that that will help to debunk the notion of non-hetero relationships.

Marvel Studios has done a pretty good job of reimagining the wonderfully diverse real world, including the first openly gay hero from Phastos in Eternals, Loki has been revealed to be bisexual, and the series has just cast its first non-binary actor.

What was the big deal? How did this kiss get cut?

It isn't like this scene was completely slashed. Fans got a very similar one towards the end of the film, where they get a final moment between the two, with Aneka joining the Dora Milaje.

The reason for the end of the romantic moment remains a mystery; moviegoers should just hope it is a one-time event that does not indicate a larger mandate change at Marvel Studios.