Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Director Ryan Coogler has shared new details about the film’s original script with T’Challa.
While doing the rounds of the press for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ryan Coogler explained what the movie was like before the death of T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman. Coogler explained that the film would have followed T’Challa as he navigates the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and its follow-up End of Game.
“The character was going to mourn the loss of time, you know, coming back after being gone for five years,” Coogler told Inverse. “As a man with so many responsibilities to so many people, coming back after an enforced five-year absence, that’s what the movie was tackling. He cried the time he could not recover. Grieving was a big part of it.
An element of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever who always remained the same was Namor, the film’s main antagonist. The character is played by Tenoch Huerta, who is best known for his work in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico.
“Who the protagonist was, the flaws of the protagonist, what the protagonist faced on their journey,” the director continued, “it all had to be different because we were losing [Chadwick] and the decisions we have made moving forward.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently on track to open with at least $175 million at the North American box office, a figure that would give it the biggest November debut yet. 2013 Hunger Games – Catching Fire is the current record holder with $158 million.
The official synopsis of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever can be found below, courtesy of Disney.
“In Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from world powers intervening in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and chart a new course for the kingdom of Wakanda.
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, wakanda forever stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman and Angela Bassett.
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