Marvel is all set to conclude its phase 4 with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The film which is mostly considered a tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman serves its purpose. The director of the film, Ryan Coogler has been sharing what changes and determination took into making the film following the death of its lead star. Chadwick Boseman who played Black Panther passed away in August 2020 following a secret battle with colon cancer.
Actress Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright, along with director Ryan Coogler shared what took to create this film. All the work included in the making of Wakanda Forever, from changing the plot of the story to a delay in production for several months.
Chadwick Boseman Made Fun of Black Panther Script
Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, and Ryan Coogler joined Variety to talk about the upcoming Marvel film. Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri shares what she heard about Chadwick Boseman’s reaction to the Wakanda Forever script. Talking about the Black Panther actor, Letitia Wright says that he made fun of the script for being so long.
“I remember just hearing through the grapevine that even though Chadwick was really unwell, he was making fun of how long it was because the script was about 300 pages,” the Aisha star shared. She further says that’s how it happens, coogler puts everything on paper, sends it to the Boseman, and then they sit and discuss.
Earlier, the director of Black Panther shared that Chadwick Boseman did not read the script of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Coogler said, “He was too tired to read it.”
While talking on The Official Black Panther, the American director shared that the script was almost complete and he wanted the Marshall star’s input on it before sending it to the studio. But he refused to read it and said he did not want to get in the way of whatever notes the studio might have.
Chadwick Boseman Brought The Cast of Black Panther Together
Talking about the Heaven star, Letitia Wright shared that she was in London when she received the news. At first, she thought someone was playing a joke on her so she called her co-star Daniel Kaluuya. The Mangrove star shared that Kaluuya did not say anything at first.
The Silent Twin star also shared that she was not able to say goodbye to him due to the lockdown.“I kind of had to do that by myself. Like, bless Daniel — he came to see me and stuff. But it wasn’t enough. I wanted to book a flight that day,” she said.
The president of Marvel Studio, Kevin Feige shared that weeks later he, Coogler, and producer Nate Moore discussed what to do with the film. And as they agreed that it would be harder to do this without Boseman, they still decided to make the movie.
The producer of the film claimed two things that were not changed in the script were introducing Namor and the underwater kingdom of Talocan. “He was looking for another culture to serve as an anchor point, and to continue the conversation thematically about colonization and what that means,” Nate Morre said.
They also discussed which character would be affected mostly by T’Calla’s death and they agreed on Shuri. Shuri has never known a day without her brother, and the sibling bond was clearly visible in the 2018 film as well.
When Coogler talked about this with the Black Mirror actor she said she would give her everything to this movie. “I’m going to dedicate this movie to Chad and to God, and I’m going to give my all. Whatever you need from me, I’ll do it.’ I just trusted him all the way. He believed in me all the way,” Letitia Wright said.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the last film of MCU’s phase 4 and fans have high expectations from the film. The movie is set to release on November 11, 2022.