Lupita Nyong’o explains how Coogler changed the story of Black Panther 2 to respect the loss of Black Panther actor and portraitist Chadwick Boseman.
In a recent interview, actress Lupita Nyong’o spoke about the realities of creating Black panther 2 following the death of the lead actor, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman, who played Black Panther, also known as King T’Challa of Wakanda, in the first film died last year at the age of 43 from colon cancer. The sequel to Black Panther It has been highly anticipated since the first film’s release, but Boseman’s untimely death has raised many questions about the status of the future film.
Boseman created a massive intrigue among Marvel fans when he first appeared as T’Challa / Black Panther in 2016. Captain America: Civil war. Not long after, the first Black Panther released in 2018 as the 18th film (Phase 3) in the MCU to a huge uproar of critical and financial success. Black Panther broke tons of records, including the highest grossing film by a black director (Ryan Coogler) and (at the time) in the top 10 highest grossing films of all time. Black Panther It was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture (the first superhero film to be nominated in this category), and won three of them. Clearly, the movie made a huge impact not only as an incredibly successful Marvel movie, but also as Black Marvel’s first superhero movie. Boseman, like that superhero, was an incredibly big part of that global impact.
Boseman’s love interest and co-star in Black Panther, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o revealed to Yahoo! that the sequel was reinvented to properly address a world without T’Challa and Chadwick Boseman. In the interview, Nyong’o explains that filming the sequel will be incredibly difficult for her because she is still immensely grieving over Boseman’s death. Read what Nyong’o said below:
People ask me, ‘Are you excited to be back?’ Emotion is not the word. I feel like I’m in a very thoughtful and meditative state when it comes to Black panther 2. His passing is still extremely raw to me. And I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be like to step on the set and not have it there.
He then goes on to briefly mention the future of the Black Panther sequel, explaining that Coogler made the right approach. Nyong’o talks about how Coogler “remodeled”The entire second film to properly address Boseman’s passing and to respect and honor the incredible person and talent that he was:
But at the same time we have a leader in Ryan, who feels a lot like us, who also feels loss in a very, very real way. And his idea, the way he has reshaped the second movie is so respectful of the loss that we have all experienced as a cast and as a world. So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this. And hopefully what I look forward to is getting back together and honoring what started with us and keeping your light through that. Because it left us a lot of light in which we are still going to bathe. I know for sure.
Boseman’s death left fans and colleagues with incredibly heavy hearts and left the planned sequel in very murky waters. Shortly after Boseman’s death, it was thankfully announced that Marvel would not be releasing T’Challa again. However, the predictable questions only got bigger: Without the Black Panther, what Black panther 2 It seems? And what’s more, will it be worth it?
Given the care that Boseman’s co-stars and frontman Ryan Coogler had for the late actor, and still feel the incredible importance of the franchise to fans of Marvel’s Black in particular, it’s no wonder the minds behind Black panther 2 they are doing everything possible to make an excellent and dignified film. And perhaps, as Nyong’o points out in the interview, the best way for fans to cry for Boseman and T’Challa is to do it with all the people (fictional and real) who care about him, together in a movie with a loving message. As fans continue to make their own theories about Black panther 2It’s clear that no matter what the outcome is, fans will be watching and waving at Boseman with “Wakanda Forever.” The film is scheduled to be released in July 2022.
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