Now that Black Panther has debuted in Captain America: Civil War, fans are more excited than ever for his February 2018 solo movie. Aside from Chadwick Boseman reprising T’Challa, no official casting announcements for Black Panther have been made, but yesterday it was reported that The Jungle Book’s Lupita Nyong'o is in talks to join the movie. The character she would play wasn’t identified, but she would apparently be a love interest. Nyong’o has proved herself to be a talented actress time and time again in recent years, so adding her to Black Panther would be a major score. Still, we’re continuing to wrack our brains about this mystery character.

As far as Black Panther’s love interests go, Storm is arguably the most well know in recent years, but because she and the other X-Men belong to 20th Century Fox, there’s no way she’s going to appear in his movie. Fortunately, there are still plenty of options, and we’ve rounded up the main candidates who fit the criteria for Black Panther (with some adjustments made for the last entry).

Monica Lynne
Monica Lynne
Right now, Monica Lynne is the likeliest candidate regarding who Lupita Nyong'o is playing. In the comics, she was a U.S. singer who saved Black Panther from drowning following a battle with one of his adversaries. He later returned the favor by rescuing her after she was targeted by a racist criminal organization. They subsequently fell in love, and for a while Monica lived with him in Wakanda, and he met her family in Georgia. Eventually they were engaged, but then T’Challa unexpectedly called their relationship off. Right now, most, if not all, of Black Panther will be set in Wakanda, so if Nyong'o is playing Monica, she would either have to be made Wakandan or there would need to be a reason for her being in the African country. If they go the latter route, it would be interesting to see him fall in love with someone from outside his home who has a different perspective about the world.

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