One of the many repercussions of the death of Chadwick Boseman in August of last year, is that the following question arose in all Marvel fans: what will happen to the sequel to Black Panther (90%)? The late actor was the heart of that film and many people have a hard time imagining how the story could continue without him. The first thing that crossed the minds of many people is that perhaps they would cast the role of T’challa to another actor. Kevin Feige immediately assured us that things were not going that way. They decided that no one else would play that character as a way to honor his legacy.
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That anyway leaves all kinds of unknowns about how Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is going to be and how they are going to solve the death of the actor within the film. Most likely, T’Challa will die off the scene. It is what would actually make more sense, taking into account that they are not going to recreate the actor digitally either.
What we do know from various interviews with the director and actors is that they are doing everything possible to pay tribute to the actor with this sequel. In fact, Angela Bassett, who plays Queen Ramonda, T’Challa’s mother, just reiterated that. She had a conversation with The Guardian. She said that the presence of the late actor could be felt on set, but it should be clarified that she did not say it in a supernatural sense. He said it in the sense that they were honoring his memory during filming. Here his words:
We all felt, the first week of filming, the presence of Chadwick and we missed him on the throne, but we all came together and just paid tribute to him before we started, which was wonderful. Everyone just speaking beautiful words about him and expressing how much we care, that he has changed us and that he has inspired us.
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A few months ago, Lupita Nyong’o told Yahoo! that Ryan Coogler is going to be as respectful as possible when it comes to handling the death of the author and paying him the tribute he deserves with the film. In the end, making the sequel to a franchise whose protagonist has died is about continuing with what he started. The sequel is the best tribute Marvel can pay him.
People ask me: Are you excited to be back? Excited is not the word. I feel in a meditative and thoughtful state when it comes to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. His passing is still very fresh to me. I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like to step on the set and have him not be there, but at the same time we have a leader in Ryan. He is someone who feels the same way as us. Someone who feels his loss in a very real way too. And his idea… The way he has modified this second film is so respectful of the loss that we have all experienced as a cast and as a world. So it feels spiritually and emotionally right for me to do this. What I hope, hopefully, is to recover and honor what he started with us and preserve his light through the film. He left us so much light that we are still immersing ourselves in it. Of that I am sure.
We can only wait for the film to be released to see at the end how the film celebrates the life and work of this very important superhero inside and outside the MCU. It is something we are really waiting for.
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Angela Bassett said Chadwick Boseman’s presence could be felt on set