‘Wakanda Forever’ spoilers: How the sequel’s creators decided to cast the new Black Panther, major main credits revealed

Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, and Letitia Wright Black Panther. (Photo: © Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection)

For the entire promotional tour for Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverdirector and co-writer Ryan Coogler on what the original script for the long-awaited sequel looked like before Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death in 2020.

Coogler will let it know that the main theme continues to be grief, as Boseman’s king T’Challa deals with the pain of losing five years on Earth due to being the victim of Thanos’ surprise at the end of the series. Avengers: Infinity War (While the Wakandans in the final product have to deal with the pain of losing T’Challa.)

But there is something vital that the director couldn’t say, as it would spoil the very emotional mid-movie scene, as it was revealed that Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and the late superhero had a young son (also named T’Challa, but by the name Touissant in Haiti where he lives). with his mother).

Coogler had planned for T’Challa to become a father all along, which is why he mourned those lost years on Earth.

“Honestly, that’s what [original] Coogler told us when asked what kind of deliberations took place about giving T’Challa and Nakia a son. “It was about T’Challa becoming a father. So there was no deliberation. That was the movie we were making. And then [Boseman died]And we changed it up a bit.

Producer Nate Moore says of the first version of the script: “In Ryan’s mind, he wanted to explore the idea of ​​T’Challa facing fatherhood for the first time. So it wasn’t a reaction to anything… It was kind of an interesting story idea.” [then when Boseman] It wasn’t appropriate to give it up just for that reason.

“You’re also definitely not supposed to say, ‘Oh, get ready for the new baby.'” It’s more like, “Oh, what an interesting story.” And I think it gives dimensions to Nakia’s relationship with the man, and it shows you the depth of their commitment to each other, which I think is kind of strong.”

However, Coogler, Moore, Kevin Feige, and the rest of the Marvel team deserve kudos for finding such a tasty solution to what has become a huge debate among fans in the years since Boseman’s death: Should T’Challa be recast? Supporters point to the fact that there have been three Spider-Men in the last 20 years. Opponents said it was disrespectful to recast so soon.

With the introduction of T’Challa so young, it’s almost as if Marvel is basically saying, there might be a new T’Challa someday…but not too soon. right?

“Yes,” Coogler muttered after a long pause.

Moore is more committed: “Exactly. I think you’re right, and the ending of the movie isn’t [saying] Get ready for the next one, it’s just, “Hey, there’s T’Challa. He’s not the guy we all know and we lost. And I think he’s more respectful of losing for that reason.”

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, (aka BLACK PANTHER II), Letitia Wright, 2022. © Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

Letitia Wright Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Photo: © Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection)

Of course Marvel had no choice but to replace Boseman when it came to the mantle of Black Panther. Even that provided months of speculation for fans, with no official announcement before release, and a trailer teasing who it will be. His sister Shuri (Letitia Wright)? Nakia? Okoye Danai Gurira? Winston Duke Mbako?

In the end they went with the most obvious option, one that also didn’t look like they were trying too hard to hide. Just look at the movie’s marketing posters and posters, with Wright’s Dead Shuri center, arms crossed in a Wakanda salute. Shuri also becomes the Black Panther in the comics, coincidentally in a plot involving him as well Wakanda foreverThe main antagonist is Namor (Tinoc Huerta).

“It was the only conversation we had,” Moore says. “It’s interesting, because we’re familiar with online conversations. But I’m also a huge fan of comedy. If you’re thinking about publishing, it’s somewhat unavoidable. And when you think about it narratively, with the story we’ve been telling, it’s most affected by T’Challa’s death. And she’s probably the only one with the tools to bring back the mantle of the Black Panther, because if you remember the first movie, Killmonger destroyed all of the heart-shaped turf anyway.

“So narratively speaking, it made sense. And from a purist’s point of view, I think it’s really the only option. Calls for M’Baku or Okoye sounded more like dartboarding to me…and Letitia Wright sticks it out.” It tells of Shuri’s transition from Where it begins to where it ends in this film is the story of why you should be the Black Panther.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever playing now.

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