After the death of Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther's women speak candidly about preparing for Wakanda for ever

After the death of Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther's women speak candidly about preparing for Wakand ...

The world was shocked when Chadwick Boseman saved Wakanda as the Black Panther in 2018 and mourned the loss of an icon in 2020. Now, in Marvels upcoming sequels, the women of the film are talking about what it was like to prepare for the highly anticipated sequel without the man who planned to lead the franchise forward.

Many actors in the film have been candid about what it's been like to spend time without Boseman as King TChalla. At San Diego Comic-Con, the filmmaker, Ryan Coogler, honored him by giving a moving speech, mentioning the huge hole Boseman's absence left on the set. Now, in an interview with The New York Times, more of the film stars spoke about how they each prepared for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

I believe the passing of Chadwick was a significant event. I had to accept that this would be different, and that showing up with as much openness as possible was critical.

Wakanda Forever will honor Boseman's legacy and explore the other major Wakanda characters in greater depth. Letitia Wright talked about how her character Shuri is dealing with the death of her brother TChallas.

Wright talked to the New York Times about how returning to work was personal. Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye, agreed with Wright, and elaborated on how grief played a role in her process.

It's possible to have some control over what you're doing as an artist. And for me, a lot of that is the training we receive as the Dora Milaje. But I also knew that there was a different experience this time: It was grief. There were things I couldn't prepare for, like going into the throne room and getting really hurt by it. And then, as Letitia said, we leaned on each other.

Although it's sad, it's been beautiful to see how much care the cast and crew behind this film put into the sequel, for Chadwick Boseman and for Black Panther. From the first look at the Wakanda Forever trailer, it became evident that his presence would still be felt during the film in a major way. We'll all get to honor the great actor, character, and the entire team behind one of the most anticipated films of 2022 starting on November 11.