Is it possible to be heartbroken and totally pumped at the same time?
When Chadwick Boseman passed away in August 2020, it was a shock to fans everywhere. Of course, it was also a blow to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Boseman had kept his cancer diagnosis private; not even the screenwriter and director of Black Panther, Ryan Coogler, knew about it. Upon Boseman’s passing, he had to start his script for the sequel from scratch. But these details about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever prove Coogler and the franchise series have found a way forward.
The average comics fan might not understand why losing Boseman would be a big deal to Marvel. Superheroes change identities the way most people change outfits. The films change lead actors just as quickly, sometimes leading to multiple actors playing different versions of the same characters simultaneously. But Boseman’s performance was groundbreaking, and his character, King T’Challa, was closely identified to him. Moreover, the tragic and sudden nature of his passing made the role a pair of shoes no Black actor would want to step into right away. Whoever took the part next would be measured against Boseman’s performance and would be found lacking simply for not being Boseman. Marvel could eventually recast the character, but not immediately.
But the show would have to go on. And from all the details from Marvel’s debut of the trailer, it seems Coogler found a way to make it work. Here’s everything to know about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The first Black Panther movie is streaming on Disney+.
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