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As Chadwick Boseman Was Battling With Cancer That Ultimately Took His Life, He ‘Pushed’ MCU To Make Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Without Him

As Chadwick Boseman Was Battling With Cancer That Ultimately Took His Life, He 'Pushed' MCU To Make Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Without Him

Late actor Chadwick Boseman made his MCU debut in 2016 with the box office hit Captain America: Civil War. He took up the mantle of the Black Panther and then later in his own solo movie of the same title, he was adorned as the King of Wakanda. Boseman’s role as King T’Challa made Black Panther Marvel’s highest grossing movie of all time before Spider – Man: No Way Home. 

Chadwick Boseman as King T'Challa in Black Panther (2018).
Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa in Black Panther (2018).

After the untimely passing of the actor, everyone including his family, the cast, crew, friends and fans all around the world were devasted. He had been battling with cancer throughout his run within the franchise and unfortunately he is no longer with us.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to be the conclusion of Marvel’s Phase 4 and is a most awaited movie with the representation and portrayal of culture as shown by Ryan Coogler.

The Difficulty Of Moving On For Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Marvel seemed to be in a dilemma on how to move forward after the passing of Chadwick Boseman. The decision of whether or not to recast the role of King T’Challa or to make a sequel at all was put forward. However in the end it was chosen to let Boseman hold his title of Black Panther and instead make a movie to honor his legacy.

Black Panther T'Challa
Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in the title movie

The movie is to now be a tribute to the character and the late actor. Although this may have seemed to be the most difficult decision to make, the cast as well as Ryan Coogler say that it was actually Chadwick Boseman himself who pushed them to make the sequel without him.

See Also: “I feel like it’s a love letter to him”: Letitia Wright Reveals She Dedicated Every Scene in Black Panther 2 to Chadwick Boseman, Fans Believe She’s Trying to Cover Up Her Controversial Stance That Halted Filming For Months

The Cast Found Their Motivation To Move Forward With Chadwick Boseman’s Words

Actress Letitia Wright says that she found it immensely difficult to find motivation while grieving the lost of Boseman, who was like a brother to her. With the success that Black Panther had gotten, it was imminent for them to move to the sequel however for the actress playing Shuri, it was a pain to be on the set without her brother.

“It was something that I was battling for like months. And the confidence that Ryan felt [after] he heard Chadwick give him that gentle push forward to continue, and the way that Ryan would express that was bigger than all of us, and Chad would’ve wanted us to continue really encouraged me.”

Letitia Wright as Shuri in Black Panther (2018).
Letitia Wright as Shuri in Black Panther (2018).

Wright stated that Ryan Coogler heard Boseman give him a push forward to make the movie without him and that was enough for him and the cast to go forward with the sequel in his memory.

See Also: “You got this”: Letitia Wright Claims She Could Hear Chadwick Boseman Talking to Her While Filming Black Panther 2

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever To Have Chadwick Boseman’s Presence

Seeing how huge Black Panther was, the sequel grows even more in hype. After the critical decisions taken by Ryan Coogler, fans are even more curious about the direction they have chosen to take the story in.

Chadwick Boseman played the role of Black Panther in Black Panther (2018).
Chadwick Boseman played the role of Black Panther in Black Panther (2018).

After the news that King T’Challa would indeed not be recast, it was made clear that we could feel both his and Chadwick Boseman’s presence throughout the movie. He would be a major part of the movie and it would represent his legacy and the character that he so beautifully brought to life.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit the theatres on 22nd November 2022.

See Also: “We’ve Lost Our Brother”- Letitia Wright Details The Overwhelming Journey of Making Wakanda Forever Without Chadwick Boseman

Source: The Direct

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is a content writer for Fandomwire. She is currently doing her Bachelor's of Arts in English Honours. Adya likes to read a lot and it would not be a surprise to see her spend her entire day playing Genshin Impact. Her articles range from Marvel, DC and movies to Mental Health Awareness.