Ryan Coogler, Marvel’s Co-Writer, Director and Keymaster Black Panther mythology, faced an unfathomable task to keep moving forward with a sequel after the unexpected death of its eponymous hero, Chadwick Boseman, in 2020.
In fact, the 36-year-old filmmaker wasn’t even sure if he would have move forward without Boseman. His mind ran “the gamut,” Coogler told Yahoo Entertainment ahead of the release of the sequel he eventually did, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
“Because the first thing you face is shock. Then coming out of shock, I didn’t want to feel what I was feeling, if that makes sense. So I thought a lot of irrational thoughts. But luckily i had the time to let those thoughts pass and think, and think about what was right and what he would want there is no way i could call him and ask him . But luckily he communicated what he wanted to tell us through his actions. And I was trying to listen to that and interpret that, and gave the call to continue,” he said. .
Marvel producer Nate Moore has confirmed that following Boseman’s death from colon cancer at age 43, a battle the actor has kept intensely private, there is a real possibility the studio will put his planned sequel on hold. .
There were “conversations about, ‘Does it even make sense to do another movie? Maybe it’s a one-and-done.’ But I think, and I know from talking to other people, that he wouldn’t have wanted that because he, almost more than any of us, understood what Wakanda meant. for people,” Moore said. “And I think even before us, we understood what that could mean to people when we were making the first movie. So it became, ‘Well, what’s the story that we, as storytellers , can believe and in which we can invest ourselves?'”
Co-written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, the deeply moving film wakanda forever is steeped in art that tragically imitates life. The film opens with brilliant scientist Shuri (Letitia Wright) frantically trying to harness the heart-shaped weed to help save her brother’s life. Offscreen, however, King T’Challa (Boseman) perishes from an undisclosed illness, sending Wakanda – and the world – into mourning.
Even though a conventional Marvel adventure plot soon emerges involving the threat of a mighty undersea kingdom called Talocan, its characters continue to cry – just like the actors who played them did on the movie set in Atlanta. .
“It was difficult because you’re trying to figure out your emotions during pre-production,” says Wright. “You’re like, ‘How can I place what I’m feeling?’ And I feel like the way that Ryan, sensitively, created this script and allowed us to follow this journey of these raw emotions, allowed us to place these real emotions in real life.
“It was hard, man. One day you’re like, ‘Can we just wake up? This must be a dream. And you just feel that soft hand pushing you forward. And that’s my brother [Boseman] be like, ‘You could do that. One day at a time, you can do it. And I think that’s just us putting our hearts into this movie for him. How we care for him, how we miss him. We put all of that into this movie.”
The experience of doing wakanda foreverwhich proves a deeply felt tribute to the late actor, then became cathartic for its tight-knit cast.
“It was the only way, man,” says Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakia, T’Challa’s confidante and lover. “When Ryan told me the new story after Chadwick died, I was so relieved I cried with pure relief that we didn’t have to pretend he wasn’t dead. story embraced that loss a lot and tapped into our grief so we could still go through the stages of grief in our lives and use it for this art form and it felt like art was imitating life in the most therapeutic way.
“It was also scary, because you want to make sure [it’s a tribute]“, Says Danai Gurira, who returns as the leader of Dora Milaje Okoye. “And you want to make sure that you give everything in this regard, as if you honor it with everything you do and in all the pass on the story. There was a displacement, a disorientation to go into this process without him. And you could feel it.”
Nyong’o adds, “The thing I was most afraid of going back to Wakanda was how I healed. The way I moved forward has been going to Wakanda. So what I was dreading was exactly what I needed.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens Friday.
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