Black Panther 2 director Ryan Coogler reveals original plan for Chadwick Boseman sequel

Ryan Coogler, director of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, has revealed his original plans for the Marvel sequel before Chadwick Boseman's death.

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Boseman, who played T’Challa and the titular superhero in the first film, died of colon cancer in August 2020. Ryan Coogler had already started drafting a script for Black Panther 2 earlier that summer.

Coogler said the change would be one of character instead of tone, as the movie would always be about grief. 

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Boseman (left) with Coogler

Instead of Wakanda grieving T’Challa, though, it was set to be about T’Challa mourning his time lost to ‘the Blip’ – he was one of the characters who disappeared for five years at the end of Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos used the Infinity Stone to wipe out half the universe.

“The tone was going to be similar,” he told Inverse. “The character was going to be grieving the loss of time, you know, coming back after being gone for five years. 

“As a man with so much responsibility to so many, coming back after a forced five years absence, that’s what the film was tackling. He was grieving time he couldn’t get back. Grief was a big part of it.”

However, the underwater ruler Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta, was always the movie’s antagonist. “There were other characters, for sure, that we considered including,” Coogler added. “Namor was always there.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits the big screen on November 11. 

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