If you felt emotional while watching Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – especially in the first few minutes – you’ll have no trouble imagining what it was like for the cast and crew of the film. All team members were close enough to Chadwick Boseman to feel his loss, and as director Ryan Coogler revealed in The Official Black Panther Podcast, he even considered quitting the film industry at some point. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporterhowever, the director revealed that the cast and crew had to go through a grieving process together, and one of the steps was to visit the late actor’s final resting place.
The cathartic event happened the weekend before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever started filming. Coogler decided to invite a group of about 30 people to South Carolina. The group was joined by Boseman’s family, and they all report that paying their respects together felt like honoring his memory and also pledging to do their best in the months ahead.
One of the actors present was Angela Bassette, who plays Queen Ramonda and T’Challa’s (Boseman) mother in both films. The actor commented: “You felt very blessed and very humbled to be able to stay there.” Bassett is also the one who started the production; her very first scene to film was one in which Ramonda speaks to world leaders about how Wakanda can hold its own after the death of its beloved king.
How Black Panther: Wakanda Forever done so far?
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has already grossed over $500 million worldwide just eleven days after its premiere. The film stands out as one of the highest-rated entries in an otherwise mildly critical Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The sequel is also the one that concludes this batch of Marvel Studios movies and TV shows. Phase five will begin in February with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
In addition to directing the blockbuster, Coogler also wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole (All day and one night). Coolger also doubled as a producer and co-wrote the lyrics for the film’s end credits song “Lift Me Up”, performed by Rihanna. Apart from Basset, Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverThe cast of also includes Letitia Wright like Shuri, Call Gurira like Okoye, Lupita Nyong’o like Nakia, Duke Winston like M’Baku, Martin Freeman like Everett Ross, Tenoch Huerta Mejia as the super-villain Namor, Dominique Thorne like Riri Williams/Ironheart, Florence Kasumba like Ayo, and Michael Coel like Aneka.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is in theaters now. You can watch the trailer below: