Director Ryan Coogler teases Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s story before Chadwick Boseman’s death and how it focused on T’Challa’s life as king.
Director Ryan Coogler teases details for: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s story before the death of Chadwick Boseman. After he entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe as T’Challa Captain America: Civil WarChadwick Boseman quickly became one of the franchise’s biggest stars. He made four appearances between 2016 and 2019, and more are expected to come in Phase 4 and beyond, including in Black Panther 2. However, Chadwick Boseman died tragically in 2020 after fighting colon cancer in secret for four years. The devastating news put Marvel Studios in an unimaginable position of mourning a close associate and figuring out what to do with it. Black Panther 2.
The entire Marvel Studios team and director Ryan Coogler finally decided that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever could still happen without Boseman. It was decided not to rearrange T’Challa and instead shift the focus of the story to multiple characters, such as Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), and Okoye ( Danai Gurira). ). Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverIn their story, they will all help Wakanda fight against Namor. Anticipation has continued to grow for the latest MCU Phase 4 film, as the film’s marketing has subtly balanced the pain of Chadwick Boseman’s death with the exciting new adventure that awaits.
As part of a profile about star Lupita Nyong’o, THR spoke to director Ryan Coogler about the sequel and he revealed some details for Black Panther 2‘s original story for the passing of Chadwick Boseman. He and Joe Robert Cole initially had a script that “was very rooted in T’Challa’s perspective” and followed his evolution as a leader after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Coogler didn’t confirm whether Namor would still be the villain, but did say the sequel will always be a “big movie.” The spectacle would be accompanied by “a character study that went deep into” [T’Challa’s] psyche and situation.”
Black Panther 2’s Script Changes To Honor Chadwick Boseman’s Legacy
The changes made to Black Panther 2‘s story after Chadwick Boseman’s death was created to help the film play an important role in honoring his legacy. Coogler incorporated Boseman’s death into the sequel’s story by having the film include the death of T’Challa as well. Murals for Boseman and T’Challa are featured in the film’s marketing. The reason this was done was to process the grief that many of the cast and crew had to deal with Black Panther 2, so everyone can process their grief and make the MCU movie at the same time. Lupita Nyong’o described the story as follows: THR by saying, “Ryan wrote something that so honored the truth of what each of us felt, those who knew Chadwick. He created something that could honor that and move the story forward. By the end, I was crying.”
The script changes also paved the way for Black Panther 2 to introduce a new Black Panther into the MCU. This should also be an important part of the film honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy, as different characters may have different ideas about how to continue the mantle without T’Challa. It looks like Shuri will become the new Black Panther and take on the responsibility of living up to T’Challa’s legacy as a hero, but nothing has been confirmed. Ultimately, whoever takes the mantle next time, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will also be tasked with honoring Chadwick Boseman’s real-life legacy as the franchise’s leader.
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