Ryan Coogler on Original Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Plans

Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa in Black Panther 2018.

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cast and crew of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever spent months talking fairly directly about her feelings sequel to the film without original lead actor Chadwick Boseman and vague about what the sequel would have looked like had he not died unexpectedly in 2020. Even though the film has become a pretty solid hit at the box office and seems poised go gold for awards As with the first film, the question of what could have been hovers around the end product. The 2022 film was previously said to have been “spiritually similar” to the original pitch, and understandably no one involved has addressed that.

In a recent interview with the New York TimesDirector Ryan Coogler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole talked about their first pitch for wakanda forever, and it sounds thematically like what is currently playing in the cinemas. But before we get into that, we need this…

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Coogler has talked about how in the past Wakanda forever would have initially focused on T’Challa feeling a sense of loss after being taken from his life Avengers: Infinity War and then five years later in Avengers: Endgame. That sense of displacement would have been the film’s key theme, emphasized upon learning that his lover Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) had a son during that five-year time warp. We meet toussaint (aka T’Challa II) in the closing moments of wakanda forever, as played by Divine Love Konadu-Sun, but he originally had a much larger role in the sequel.

“It was meant to be a father-son story from the father’s perspective,” said Coogler. “The first film was a father-son story from the sons’ perspective.” Much like the first film, the opening scene would have been an animated sequence in which Nakia asks Toussaint to tell her what he knows about his father, and that Audience learns that Toussaint does not know his father was the Black Panther. “Nakia is remarried to a Haitian. Then we switch to reality and it’s the night everyone comes back from the blip. You see T’Challa meeting the boy for the first time.”

From there, Coogler continued, we would have seen Toussaint, co-parent of T’Challa, with Nakia for the next three years, including a sequence where the two spent Toussaint’s eighth birthdays living on the land of Wakanda. T’Challa should have saved the world with his son in tow. Namor (Tenoch Huerta Mejjia) was still intended as the antagonist, but he would have been one of the main villains; Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) would have been the second. “It was basically a three-way conflict between Wakanda, the US and Talokan. But it was all mostly from the kid’s perspective.”

With how much the Black Panther Movies (and Coogler’s filmography) are rooted in the idea of ​​legacy and fatherhood, it’s perhaps not too surprising to learn that Throughline would have continued for the sequel. Still, you can’t help but wonder what that kind of movie would have been like — not only because Marvel movies have placed so much emphasis on the main characters having families of their own, but also how are Coogler and Cole’s father- Son stories would have been different from what we normally get in that regard.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]

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