Martin Freeman Explains How Losing Boseman Affected ‘Wakanda Forever’

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Martin Freeman says the manufacturing process Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was made “slightly more poignant” following the shocking news of Chadwick Boseman’s death.

Boseman, who played the title role in the first Black Panther film in 2018, died in 2020 aged just 43 from colon cancer – a diagnosis he had kept secret.

Freeman, who returns to the cast for the sequel as CIA agent Everett K. Ross, said Boseman’s passing was something the cast had to consider when making the new film.

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“It didn’t make it harder. It made it a little more poignant, I guess, to be back on set after losing Chadwick,” he told Yahoo UK.

Freeman added: “To be honest, if we had lost someone it would have been awful. It’s always awful to lose people when they’re young.

Martin Freeman said he and the rest of the Black Panther cast had to

Martin Freeman said he and the rest of the Black Panther the cast had to “get into gear” after the loss of leading man Chadwick Boseman. (Marvel Studios/Disney)

“On top of that, we were losing Black Panther in Black Panther. It’s a huge, huge thing – and losing the man that Chadwick was.

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“The truth is, you just keep going. You have a movie to make. You have X number of pages to go through a day and you have to do it. You don’t do it while in a state of mourning constant.

“The shock of losing Chadwick was a while before we started touring again, and it was awful. But hopefully by the time we started touring we were in a mode of ‘yes, we lost Chad – terrible – and we had to do a 90 degree turn and do something else. I hope we did well.

Wakanda Forever sees another character take up the mantle of Black Panther after T'Challa's death.  (Marvel Studios/Disney)

wakanda forever sees another character take up the mantle of Black Panther after T’Challa’s death. (Marvel Studios/Disney)

wakanda forever sees many of the supporting characters from the first film take on larger roles, showcasing the strength of the franchise’s ensemble cast.

“You had a main character and a lead actor, but it’s not like everyone is just in the background,” Freeman said.

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He added: “There were some very forward-thinking performances, in the first movie as well. There’s a core of really good characters and really good actors who can be called back and have been called back. We’ve got lucky with that.”

wakanda forever follows the people of Wakanda dealing with the death of their king, while dealing with the threat posed by the sea ruler Namor.

Tenoch Huerta enters the MCU in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as Namor.  (Marvel Studios/Disney)

Tenoch Huerta enters the MCU in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever like Namer. (Marvel Studios/Disney)

Freeman’s role this time around features Ross trying to defend Wakanda’s rights in a more hostile global atmosphere, with the actor less often called upon for action scenes.

The star said: “There are little bits. I like action and I also like talky bits. I like running and driving, but I also like talking and moving and feeling my feelings.

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“I think that’s what Marvel does very well. You care about characters too. I don’t think Marvel was ever a show thing.

“It makes the show really, really well, but there are characters you care about and characters you sympathize with and laugh at. Iron Manthey did it very well.”

Letitia Wright's tech expert Shuri returns for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.  (Marvel Studios/Disney)

Letitia Wright’s tech expert Shuri returns for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Marvel Studios/Disney)

Ryan Coogler is back in the director’s chair for wakanda foreverwith the franchise’s world set to expand with an upcoming Disney+ series set in Wakanda.

Earlier than that, however, the character of Riri Williams – featured in wakanda forever and played by Dominique Thorne — will direct his own television series, titled Stone heart after his superhero alter ego.

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In addition to Freeman, the returning cast for wakanda forever features Letitia Wright as Shuri, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, and Winston Duke as M’Baku.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is in UK cinemas and IMAX from 11 November.

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