Costume Designer on Honoring Chadwick Boseman

Black Panther: Wakanda Foreveris a costume designer Ruth E Carter has revealed how the franchise’s late titular hero Chadwick Boseman was honored by including white outfits in the upcoming sequel. Boseman, hailed as a true hero around the world, tragically died two years ago after a battle with colon cancer.

The Oscar-winning costume designer, who also directed the costume designs in the original film, has explained the meaning behind the decision. “When T’Challa wakes up in the Ancestral Plane and sees his father, he’s wearing white,” Carter said in an interview with Variety. “White is a color worn at a lot of funerals in Africa – it’s either bright red or white – and we chose white because it connects us to Chadwick, to T’Challa.”


Audiences get a glimpse of Carter’s genius during the trailer for the highly anticipated Marvel Epos. In the opening sequence Queen Ramonda (Angela Basset) and her daughter Shuri (Letizia Wright) lead a legion of Wakanda’s citizens through the streets, all dressed in white. In truly stunning cinematography, Shuri can be seen cradling the Black Panther mask – a stark color contrast to the ocean of white behind her.

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That Black Panther: Wakanda Forever The cast and crew have made it clear their intention to honor the late hero as a new – and currently unknown – character who will carry on his legacy in the panther suit. The director of the film Ryan Coogler previously disclosed how he almost gave up filmmaking altogether after struggling with Boseman’s death. During an interview with Weekly entertainmenthe said: “I was at a point where I was like, ‘I’m walking out of this business. I didn’t know if I could do another film period. [let alone] Another Black Panther film because it hurt a lot.” However, it was the late award-winning star’s personal devotion to the character that inevitably led him to pursue the film.

Though finer plot details have been safely tucked away in the metaphorical Marvel vault, teasers for the project didn’t shy away from revealing that T’Challa’s death will take center stage. It’s clear at this point that Wakanda will no doubt mourn the loss of its king, but T’Challa’s death inevitably leaves the country vulnerable to a range of threats, including Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and his underwater kingdom, Talocan. With the film’s release fast approaching, it won’t be long before MCU fans can finally witness Boseman’s legacy celebrated in all its theatrical glory.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11th. You can watch the official trailer here: Costume Designer on Honoring Chadwick Boseman

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