Just a day after reports surfaced Beyoncé was in the process of closing a historic $100 million deal to partner with Disney on future productions (click here to read more), rumors swirled the ‘Kitty Kat’ performer would curate the soundtrack to the sequel of ‘Black Panther’ (due in theaters May 6, 2022).
Somehow, that rumor elevated to whispers she was set to portray beloved ‘X-men’ character Storm – which set off a firestorm of mixed responses of longtime followers of the Marvel franchise.
Among the disappointed, one particular detractor took to Change.org to ignite a petition to ensure the ‘Pink Panther’ star kept her award-winning hands off the next installment of ‘Black Panther.’
Though believing she can “sing and make beautiful music,” Torrence S., of Columbia, South Carolina, launched a petition Thursday (June 11) to demand Marvel “keep Beyoncé off of the Black Panther sequel.” In a lengthy write-up accompanying the request, the author stated:
“Many others and I feel thats her vocal and physical acting is insufficient (for lack of better words).
Amidst the protests and the times we are going through, we feel like her acting sucks and can not take her serious enough to be fully entertained by her roles in movies. We would prefer that she continues to sing and make beautiful music but as far as her acting goes and we know that she knows that her skills in theatre are not worthy of such products of entertainment produced by Marvel/Disney franchises.
For better ideas of better actress to fill the role, we suggest that she be replaced by Rihanna, Zoe Saldana, Zoe Kravitz, or Zazie Beetz.”
Apparently, over 30,000 others agree. At writing, the digital petition – found here – has garnered over 30,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.
As the petition continues to gain signatures, Matt Donnelly – senior film writer at ‘Variety’ – confirmed Wednesday (June 10) it is unlikely Beyoncé’s relationship with Disney will see her involved with the ‘Black Panther’ franchise.
As of time reported, Disney nor Bey have confirmed the extent of their reported relationship.