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Black Panther Director Knows Chadwick Boseman Wouldn’t Want the Story to Stop

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Following the tragic and surprising death of Chadwick Boseman last August, many fans wondered what would happen to the upcoming Black Panther 2. The actor’s four year battle with colon cancer had been kept a closely guarded secret and came as a surprise to Marvel Studios as well as cast and crew members of Black Panther.

Despite Boseman’s death, Marvel Studios are continuing to press on with the release of next year’s sequel. Production is due to begin in a few months, and Marvel Studios recently announced that the Black Panther franchise will expand further, with a new Disney+ series based on Wakanda.

In December, Kevin Feige officially confirmed that the role of T’Challa will not be recast. The Marvel Studios President said at the time that Boseman’s “portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past.” The Falcon and the Winter Soldier star, Anthony Mackie recently discussed Boseman’s portrayal of T’challa and said “there’s nobody that could bring the grace to that role that he did“.

Without the franchise’s leading character, Marvel will instead explore the characters and setting of the film, whilst also attempting to honour Boseman’s legacy. Writer and Director, Ryan Coogler, was already writing the script for the film when Boseman died and wrote a heartfelt tribute to the star.

Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler Pays Emotional Tribute to Chadwick Boseman
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In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that he was unaware of Chadwick Boseman’s illness. “I didn’t know what was going on,” said Coogler. “I knew what he wanted me to know.”

The director went on to express his sadness that he will never have the chance to work with Boseman again, but also expressed he gratitude at the time spent with the actor.

I miss him in every way that you could miss somebody, as a friend, as a collaborator. And it sucks because I love watching movies, and I don’t get to watch the next thing he would have made. So it’s grief on a lot of levels, but then, it’s a deep sense of gratitude because I can close my eyes and hear his voice.”

Coogler believes that Boseman wouldn’t have wanted them to stop, despite it being “difficult”, because he was “so about the collective.”

You’ve got to keep going when you lose loved ones. I know Chad wouldn’t have wanted us to stop. He was somebody who was so about the collective.

Coogler also spoke about Boseman’s impact on the cast and crew members of Black Panther, despite the fact he was fighting his private battle with cancer during filming.

Black Panther, that was his movie. He was hired to play that role before anybody else was even thought of, before I was hired, before any of the actresses were hired. On that set, he was all about everybody else. Even though he was going through what he was going through, he was checking in on them, making sure they were good. If we cut his coverage, he would stick around and read lines off camera [to help other actors with their performances].

Lastly, Coogler stated that “it would be harder for me to stop” production on the sequel that to carry on:

Truthfully. I’d feel him yelling at me, like, ‘What are you doing?’ So you keep going.

Black Panther 2 is currently scheduled to release on July 8th, 2022.

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Dave Horobin
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Formerly the Social Media Manager and a writer for TrueAchievements (the world's leading Xbox website) and now attempting to use some of what I learned on a new project. Lover of most MCU films and TV shows, football, gaming and tech.

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