Wakanda Forever’ would have looked like Chadwick Boseman

Marvel Studios'  BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Director Ryan Coogler on set with Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther/T'Challa)..Ph: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018

Director Ryan Coogler, left, on the set of Black Panther with Chadwick Boseman in 2018. (Photo: Matt Kennedy©Marvel Studios 2018

Ryan Coogler was central to writing the story for Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverthe sequel to Marvel’s record-breaking 2018 phenomenon Black Pantherwhen a crushing bomb was dropped on the world.

Chadwick Boseman, his 43-year-old star, had died after a four-year battle with colon cancer that he kept a secret from almost everyone.

As Coogler sadly lamented, there are words he and co-writer Joe Robert Cole wrote for Boseman’s Avenger T’Challa that we’ll never get to hear him speak.

Now like wakanda forever nearing the exit without Boseman, after Shuri (Letitia Wright), Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and the people of Wakanda as they mourn the death of their king and face a new threat from the undersea kingdom of Talocan, Coogler shares details about what the original story entailed before the actor’s tragic death.

“It was different,” Coogler told Yahoo Entertainment. “It had similar themes, but it was very grounded in his perspective. And he was personally going through some things that are relatable, different from what Shuri and Ramonda are going through in this movie.

“I wrote killer lines for him. It’s a strange thing to think about.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Disney/Marvel)

In a separate interview with Reverse released this week, the 36-year-old Fruitvale Station and Creed the writer-director got more specific about his initial plans for this film’s premise.

Similar themes mentioned by Coogler mostly dealt with grief. But instead of the Wakandans mourning their fallen king, it’s T’Challa mourning the waste of time that occurred when he disappeared for five years from Thanos’ snap (causing “the blip”) at the end. of 2018. Avengers: Infinity War.

“The tone was going to be similar,” Coogler said Reverse. “The character was going to mourn the loss of time, you know, coming back after being gone for five years. As a man with so many responsibilities to so many people, returning after an enforced five-year absence, that’s what the movie was tackling. He cried the time he couldn’t recover. Grieving was a big part of it.

As for wakanda foreverTenoch Huerta’s central antagonist, Namor, and his Mayan-inspired kingdom, this aspect remained unchanged.

“There were of course other characters that we considered including,” Coogler added. “Namor has always been there.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens November 11.

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