Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, a film that will build on the still mysterious secret African kingdom and its people, is one of Marvel Studios’ biggest projects coming in 2022.
This sequel, which stars Danai Gurira as Okoye and Letitia Wright as Shuri, will be the beginnings of a Wakandan revolution within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In flashbacks with Bucky Barnes and dramatic confrontations against Zemo, the country left its impact on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, all before more Wakanda-centric Disney+ entries arrive later in Phase 4.
It all started with Black Panther, Marvel Studios’ first Academy Award-winning film, which had a huge impact on the comic book cinema world in 2018.
Chadwick Boseman played the lead in that film, and the world is still mourning his untimely death more than a year after he lost his battle with illness. Now, the Marvel universe is learning of another original movie star who has passed on to the great beyond.
Cindy Butler, a Hollywood agent, announced on Facebook that actress Dorothy Steel has died at the age of 95. In the 2018 film Black Panther, Steel plays the Wakandan Merchant Tribe Leader. Her acting career, which began when she was 88 years old, was possibly most renowned for this performance.
Butler ended her message by thanking Steel for the chance, praising the casting directors that recruited her, and thanked her fans all over the world:
“Thank you, Ms. Dorothy, for allowing me to join you in riding this wave. Thank you to all of the casting directors that entrusted Ms. Dorothy with their projects. Thank you to the rest of the world for thinking of her and loving her from afar. I was contacted by people from all over the world who wanted to interview her or do a biopic about her life. She was quite picky.
Ms. Dorothy instructed me to inform everyone that arrangements and flower delivery addresses will be displayed on Facebook. She was still directing my actions. Ms. Dorothy, that was me………….WAKANDA FOREVER!”
Steel made another splash in mainstream culture shortly after the release of Black Panther by creating a viral video, which earned her a spot on Steve Harvey’s talk show:
Dorothy Steel had a unique journey to acting, beginning at the age of 88 and landing her first role in Hollywood at the age of 88.
Her death came after 11 credits on her career, including a position in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in 2019, but her most well-known performance was as the Merchant Tribe Leader in 2018’s Black Panther. Steel’s appearance was a remarkable one in only a few minutes of screen time, displaying strength and force of will that surpassed any character in the critically acclaimed solo film.
Steel’s position in 2022’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is unknown, but if she only had the chance to star in one MCU film, it was a memorable one.
Dorothy Steel’s family and loved ones, including those at Marvel Studios, have our condolences.