Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverThe story and script of the had to change. Without its main character, more than a simple rewrite was needed to make the sequel work. But while the script had to change, the tone didn’t change as much as you might think, according to director Ryan Coogler in a new interview with Inverse.
Chadwick Boseman has taken Marvel’s Black Panther film to the top of the film charts, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time and turning what was long considered a B-list character into a household name. familiar. Then in 2020, he died of colon cancer. Neither the film’s cast nor Marvel Studios’ willing to consider reimagining the character by T’Challa.
Coogler talks about the original script of Wakanda Forever. “[T’Challa] You know, it’s painful to lose time, you know, to come back after being gone for five years [after the ending of Avengers: Infinity War]. As a man with a lot of responsibilities to a lot of people, coming back after a mandatory 5 year absence, that’s what the movie is saying. He’s grieving about the time he can’t get back; Grief is a big part of it. “
Some key details remain from the original script. Coogler said: Namor the Sub-Mariner “has always been the villain.” However, other things had to change.
“Who the main character is, the protagonist’s flaws, what the protagonist has to face on their journey, all of that must have been different because we lost him and the decisions we made. I give about moving forward”, Coogler, who calls doing Wakanda Forever Without Boseman “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my professional life.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is expected to be a box office hit, making $175 million or more during the first weekend alone. Wakanda Forever also stars Angela Bassett, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright and Winston Duke. Ryan Coogler directed the film and co-wrote it with Joe Robert Cole. The film premieres on November 11.
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