At the announcement of the upcoming release of "Black Panther", LGBT fans were super enthusiastic.
First because in Marvel's comic book "World of Wakanda", Ayo has a relationship with another queer female character. And last year, it was reported that borrowing scenes and plots from "World of Wakanda" were embedded in the film.
So when Vanity Fair wrote that “in a rough cute of a Black Panther scene, we see Okoye (Danai Gurira - The Walking Dead) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba) swaying rhythmically back in formation with the rest of their team. Okoye eyes Ayo flirtatiously for a long time as the camera pans in on them. Eventually, she says, appreciatively and appraisingly, ‘You look good.’ Ayo responds in kind. Okoye grins and replies, ‘I know’”, well everyone believed in a romance.
But frustration replaced enthusiasm. Marvel announced that the scene was cut off. A spokesperson explained that “the nature of the relationship between Okoye and Ayo in Black Panther is not a romantic one.”
In an interview with ScreenCrush, "Black Panther" co-writer Joe Robert Cole confirmed it. In fact, he doesn't even remember the scene. (???)
He said about a potential love story: "I know that there were quite a few conversations about different things, different directions with different characters, and characters that we may have. We thought, 'Well, maybe we’ll work it this way with an arc or work it that way with an arc.'"
And about the sexy scene: "The scene you’re talking about, I don’t remember. 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."
It's weird to forget a movie scene when you are co-writing it. Just saying.
Marvel missed an opportunity. The film could have distinguished itself even more. Not only the main characters are all black but there could have been a queer romance in cinema.
The hashtag #LetAyoHaveAGirlfriend has been used a lot on social networks. It has not changed anything, Marvel removed the romance between two queer women in "Black Panther". The movie will be released on February 16.