Ryan Coogler Reveals Original ‘Black Panther’ Sequel Story With T’Challa

The Black Panther sequel originally looked very different.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler has shared new details about the film’s original storyline with T’Challa.

While doing the press rounds for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ryan Coogler opened up about what the movie looked like before the death of T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman. Coogler explained that the movie would have followed T’Challa as he navigated the Marvel Cinematic Universe following the events of Avengers: Infinity War and its follow-up, Endgame.

“The character was going to be grieving the loss of time, you know, coming back after being gone for five years,” Coogler told Inverse. “As a man with so much responsibility to so many, coming back after a forced five years absence, that’s what the film was tackling. He was grieving time he couldn’t get back. Grief was a big part of it.”

One element of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever that always remained the same was Namor, the film’s primary antagonist. The character is played by Tenoch Huerta, who is best known for his work in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico.

“Who the protagonist was, the flaws of the protagonist, what the protagonist was dealing with in their journey,” the director continued, “all of that stuff had to be different due to us losing [Chadwick] and the decisions that we made about moving forward.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently on track to open with at least $175 million at the North American box office, a figure that would give it the biggest November debut to date. 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the current record holder with $158 million.

The new storyline of the Black Panther sequel

The official synopsis for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever can be found below, courtesy of Disney.

“In Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.”

Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Wakanda Forever stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman and Angela Bassett.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens on November 11, 2022. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding the MCU and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content.

Source: Inverse

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

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