Wakanda Forever,” director Ryan Coogler and co-stars discuss its impact

Mural of Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever teaser, director Ryan Coogler and co-stars discuss his impact

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer with mural by Chadwick Boseman; Teaser premieres at Comic-Con and director Ryan Coogler and co-stars talk about its impact

Following the death of its megastar, Marvel Studios’ hit Black Panther franchise is back – with tributes in the upcoming sequel to honor the man who helped bring Wakanda to life. The director dropped the trailer over the weekend, showing the fictional African nation mourning the loss of its king, complete with a huge mural of T’challa, played by the late actor, who wore the mantle temporarily.

On Saturday, July 23, director Ryan Coogler chaired one of the panels during the film’s portion of Marvel’s Hall H presentation at Comic-Con. In front of thousands of concerned fans, he shared the trailer for the highly anticipated film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the second installment in the series about the first black superhero in comics, Variety reports.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 8TH: Chadwick Boseman attends the European Premiere of ‘Black Panther’ at Eventim Apollo on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P Whitby/Tim P Whitby/Getty Images)

Before dropping the teaser, Coogler recalled the film’s making process following the death of Chadwick Boseman, the first to play the Wakandan king.

“It’s going to be difficult to follow up, but we’re going to try,” said the Creed director after reflecting on the huge success of the first Black Panther, which grossed $202,003,951 in its opening weekend and eventually his 45-week stint in theaters grossing $1,346,913,161 worldwide.

The original film garnered seven Academy Award nominations and three wins for Original Score, Costume Design and Production Design. It also became the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture by the Academy.

“It’s been five years since I’ve been here,” he continued. “I was sitting there and we were showing the first footage of ‘Black Panther 1’ and next to me was our T’Challa, the late great Chadwick Boseman.”

Boseman, the film’s beloved leading man, passed away on August 28, 2020 after a four-year private battle with colon cancer. Coogler said even as he spoke to the audience, he felt like his friend was there to celebrate the moment with him.

He said“I was sitting right there and we premiered the first takes of ‘Black Panther’ … and the late great Chadwick Boseman was sitting with me … he was excited and grabbed my left shoulder with his hand.”

“I’m standing here now, I promise you I can feel his hand on me now. Chad is no longer with us physically, but his spirit…will be felt forever.”

“Chad’s passion and genius, his culture and the impact he has had on this industry will be felt forever,” he assured the audience.

There are many Easter eggs dropped in the film in the trailer, as well as a glimpse of a mural of Boseman commemorated as the king behind young African male drummers playing music on a raised structure.

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Mural of Chadwick Bosman in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer screenshot/ YouTube

It begins with singer Tems covering Bob Marley and The Wailers’ “No Woman No Cry” with a sample of Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”. Wakanda mourns the loss of their young king, which makes the song eerily appropriate as it leads people to associate T’Challa/Boseman’s death with Marley’s untimely death at the age of 36.

Some people just loved the pairing of the song with the visual.

“When trailers do something like that with music that gives you goosebumps and you start floating over the bed. Lake Black Panther 2”

At the alleged homecoming of the king, the villagers are all dressed in white and perform traditional West African ceremonial dances with members of the royal family.

Many believe there are references to T’Challa’s sister Shuri possibly taking the mantle of Black Panther, and also a powerful scene of his mother Ramonda as the Queen of Wakanda, played by Angela Bassett, who not only cares about her son but also grieving for her own husband who died earlier in the franchise’s history.

In an emotional outburst edited at the trailer’s climax, Bassett wails, “I’m the queen of the most powerful nation on earth, and my entire family is gone.”

Fans seemed to like that the trailer went wild on social media to share their thoughts.

“I’ve seen the Black Panther trailer 10 times. Ryan Coogler is the goat.”

“That #WakandaForever Teaser trailer is literally the HYPE thing I’ve seen since the original

@theblackpanther Follower. If that doesn’t make you chill, you’re not human. And that song selection with the subtle transition… Beyond Chef’s Kiss.”

“If you rewatch the trailer for Black Panther Wakanda Forever, it’s just a work of art. Ryan Coogler’s direction, Autumn Durald’s cinematography, Ruth E. Carter’s costume design and Hannah Bleacher’s production design are just so extraordinary! I’m ready for this movie!”

“We poured our love for Chadwick into this film,” Coogler wanted fans to know.

“We also use our passion. This film has a lot of action and humor. It’s also a rollercoaster ride of a movie. It’s going to new places in Wakanda that we’ve never been before, but different corners of the MCU.”

Other stars returning in the film include Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba and Winston Duke.

Discussing making the film, Duke said, “It’s a labor of love and I’m so grateful to be a part of it and to be able to share it with you.”

“It’s a blessing. We’ve all grown so much as a family and it feels great to see you guys while honoring big brother,” Wright said.

“We honored him by being dedicated to the story he started, the legacy he started with this franchise,” Wright continued. “And we just made a commitment every day to work hard no matter what circumstances we faced – and we faced a lot of circumstances, a lot of difficult situations – but we came together as a team and we put everything into this film, so did I.” I’m glad you see it.”

The cast also welcomes Michaela Coel, Dominique Thorne, Alex Nivilani, Mabel Cadena and Tenoch Huerta.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: will be released in US theaters on November 11th.

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