On Monday, Marvel dropped an internet-shattering sizzle reel for the much-anticipated Black Panther sequel. Black Panther 2 has been given the subtitle Wakanda Forever, and it seems that fans are getting a bit emotional over it on social media, as you can see below.
Black Panther 2 star Lupita Nyong’o spoke with Yahoo! Entertainment recently, where she explained that the sequel has been reworked in honor of her late friend and co-star Boseman, who died last year at 43 due to complications from a private battle with colon cancer.
“People will ask me, ‘Are you excited to go back?’ Excitement isn’t the word,” Nyong’o shared. “I feel like I’m in a very pensive and meditative state when it comes to Black Panther 2. His passing is still extremely raw for me. And I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be like to step on set and not have him there”.
“But, at the same time we have a leader in Ryan, who feels very much like we do, who feels the loss in a very, very real way as well. And his idea, the way in which he has reshaped the second movie is so respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world. So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this. And hopefully, what I do look forward to, is getting back together and honoring what he started with us and holding his light through it. Because he left us a lot of light that we’re still going to be bathing in. I know that for sure”, Nyongo said.
Boseman’s death left fans and colleagues with an incredibly heavy heart and left the intended sequel in heavily mirky waters. Shortly after Boseman’s death, it was thankfully announced that Marvel wouldn’t be recasting T’Challa,” Black Panther 2’s narrative to have been reshaped to reflect the actor’s demise”, Coogler said. However, the predictable questions only loomed larger: without the Black Panther, what will Black Panther 2 look like? And, even more, will it be worth it?
It’s uncertain how Coogler is planning to explain the king of Wakanda’s absence moving forward. Nonetheless, It is no surprise that the minds behind Black Panther 2 are doing everything they can to make a great and worthy film as Nyong’o pointed out in the interview. But everyone who’s involved in making Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has been well aware that they have to be extra careful with how they continue the MCU sub-franchise without its leading character. Considering production for the movie has yet to even begin, it’s safe to say it will be a while before the public learns plot specifics about the much-anticipated movie.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to release on July 8th, 2022, making it the seventh out of eight Marvel films we have coming our way over the next two years.