Did you know Stacey Osei-Kuffour is the first Black female writer to script a Marvel movie?
New York-based playwright with Ghanaian roots, Stacey Osei-Kuffour, has become the first Black female writer to script a Marvel movie titled Blade. Osei-Kuffour’s record-setting achievement follows her previous role as the story editor and writer on HBO’s acclaimed limited series Watchmen. The fast-rising screenwriter follows the path of Nia Dacosta who worked on Captain Marvel 2 and becomes Marvel’s first Black woman director.
Blade features Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali as the horror hero. The movie is planned to incarnate the character played by Wesley Snipes in a series of movies in the early 2000s and was revealed during Marvel’s senses-shattering presentation at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Marvel Studios spent the last six months meeting with writers and seriously considered only Black writers to reflect its focus on diversity and representation. Before being tapped to write Blade, Osei-Kuffour had also worked on Hunters, Amazon’s blood-soaked limited series that saw Al Pacino and Logan Lerman as ‘Nasi’ hunters in 1970s America, and HBO crime thriller Run, starring Domhnall Gleeson. The Chicago-born screenwriter has spent years writing plays and poetry and now one of the fast-rising screenwriters in Hollywood. Despite her struggle to find work after earning her master’s in Playwriting from Hunter College in New York, Osei-Kuffour’s achievement as the first Black female scribe to write a Marvel movie shatters the glass ceiling for other Black women.
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