The latest tale from Wakanda, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, drops on Friday. It’s one of my most anticipated films of the year and I can’t wait to see how the story continues. While I’m sad we won’t see the late Chadwick Boseman continue in the role, the fierce ladies of Wakanda still have my pumped. If you’re feeling the same, you may also want to dig deeper into some of their other films. This week’s Binge Watch is dedicated to the ladies of Wakanda, and the rest of their non-MCU filmography.
Angela Bassett—Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)
About: Bassett is great as the Queen of Wakanda. She is also great on the small screen in the FOX series 9-1-1. But when looking at her filmography, I was drawn to another film I enjoyed that’s an action release, Gunpowder Milkshake. She is part of a great cast in this wild ride that debuted last summer on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth checking out.
Danai Gurira—The Visitor (2007)
About: Gurira is one of the more prolific cast members when it comes to appearing in other MCU films. She’s in a few Avengers films and hit the small screen voicing her character on What If…? She’s also a huge part of the best seasons of The Walking Dead. But this is about films, so I reached back to The Visitor, a film from writer/director Tom McCarthy that featured a great performance from Richard Jenkins. It was before Gurira landed on The Walking Dead, but it’s an engaging film that even garnered Academy Award attention.
Lupita Nyong’o—Us (2019)
About: Nyong’o has had a varied career, that includes some action films, a role in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and even an Academy Award-winning turn. So, naturally, I decided to go with her role in the Jordan Peele horror film, Us. Peele had a fantastic film out this year, but Us was a movie that stuck with me after it was over. A lot of that is a credit to Nyong’o and her performance. It’s worth checking out.
Dominique Thorne—Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
About: Thorne is just launching her MCU run in this film, but she plays a pivotal part here and int what’s to come. She also doesn’t have a long cinematic resume, but it does have some recognizable titles. I went with Judas and the Black Messiah, a fantastic film featuring Daniel Kaluuya in his Academy Award-winning role and LaKeith Stanfield. It’s worth checking out.
Letitia Wright—Sing 2 (2021)
About: Wright is likely the heir-apparent to the mantle in this sequel, the sister to Boseman’s main character. She, too, has a varied cinematic resume. I’m going with Sing 2, where she plays one of the voices. This animated film was my favorite of 2021, a gem that surpassed the original. If you haven’t seen it, you should!
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.