Three years ago, the MCU lost one of its emblematic actors: Chadwick Boseman, the interpreter of Black Panther, died of cancer. The news had been sudden for both fans and people attached to the MCU and Black Panther projects. Chadwick Boseman had indeed kept his illness secret until the end, only a few people knew.
In an interview with Deadline (via Comicbook.com)Nate Moore, the producer of Black Panther, told how he learned the terrible news: ” […] I was on the treadmill, and I got the call, and I was like, ‘Wait, what happened?’ ». Nate Moore also opened up about how Chadwick Boseman’s death affected Disney’s plans for Black Panther 2.
” What to do now ? »
The death of Chadwick Boseman has turned a lot of things upside down in Disney’s plans for the MCU: King T’Challa, aka Black Panther, was indeed to occupy more space in the franchise. However, it was out of the question to recast the character, hence the change of plans.
Disney had even given the choice to Kevin Feige and Ryan Coogler (the director of Black Panther). They could abandon the Black Panther 2 project if they wanted to: “Disney never said, you have to make the movie […] »said Nate Moore. “They said, ‘Well, if you don’t have to…don’t do the movie. If you don’t want to do the movie, please don’t do it on our behalf’” Kevin Feige and Ryan Coogler decided to do it though, because that’s what Chadwick Boseman would want. They had received the green light from the widow of the actor to continue the adventure.
What were the original plans?
A few weeks ago, Ryan Coogler shared details about the older version of Black Panther. Originally, the film was to focus on T’Challa and the consequences of Thanos’ snap on his life and morale. The character indeed returns to Wakanda after five years of forced absence (he was one of the victims of the snap), but what has happened in the meantime?
” [T’Challa] was going to cry the waste of time. […] 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 was crying the time he couldn’t come back”had confided the director with emotion.
Despite everything, the legacy left by Chadwick Boseman remains very present in Black Panther Wakanda Forever, the film also makes a poignant tribute to the late actor. For those who haven’t seen it yet, the blockbuster is coming to Disney+ on the 1st.er next February.
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Black Panther 2, how the plans were turned upside down after the death of Chadwick Boseman