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Black Panther stars Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Letitia Wright wanted to honor co-star Chadwick Boseman in the production of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The actors dominated Hall H at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday, revealing the first trailer for their most awaited Marvel sequel.
After they took themselves off the stage, the cast sat at EW’s Comic-Con studio, where they shared why it was crucial to them to get the movie right. On top of everything, according to them, they expect Wakanda Forever will honor Boseman, who was killed in August 2020 at 43 due to colon cancer.
“The most important thing, of course, was honoring our brother, our leader, and our king,” Gurira said in the interview with EW.
“That was definitely at the forefront of our minds and our spirits and our hearts. There was this amazing impact that the first Black Panther had, so the need, I think, was to really solidify that these characters and this world have an arc. It wasn’t a one-time momentous thing.”
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The stars also talked about their goal for Wakanda forever: To fulfill the legacy of the first movie – which smashed box office records and marked the first time a Marvel movie was nominated for the Oscars for Best Picture.
Like Gurira said, their objective was to broaden the scope of the themes of the first Black Panther, venturing into new areas of Wakanda and strengthening character arcs.
“It’s also important to let go of any expectation that this movie will be Black Panther 1,” Duke chimed in.
“This is going to be its own thing. This narrative has evolved, and it’s changed, just like all the characters and the circumstances of Wakanda itself. For me, in particular, I just had to let go of the expectation of this being anything like the first movie and allow this movie to be its own thing.”
Wakanda Forever has a few new faces added to the already known cast – Gurira, Nyong’o, Duke, Wright, and Florence Kasumba. In addition, Tenoch Huerta plays fabled ruler Namor alongside Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli, portraying the characters of Namora and Attuma.
The movie will also see the debut of Michaela Coel as Aneka and Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, an excellent teenage tech inventor who will later be featured in her own Disney+ series, Ironheart.
“It was very surreal for me to jump on this train,” Livinalli stated. “It didn’t feel like it was a sequel. It felt like it was its own thing, and I felt very welcome. I felt like I was part of the family.”
The stars also complimented writer-director Ryan Coogler, stressing his “integrity” during the production process and how he has helmed Wakanda’s tale.
“There’s not many directors like Ryan out there,” Write stated.
“The soul and the heart of the film with the writing, and he has a sensitivity to our ideas and how we want to collaborate. [We loved] just having him be the one spearheading these ideas and the structure and just being our leader each day on set. It’s a dream come true to work with him again.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever drops on November 11.