Next November, ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ hits theaters. With the sequel to Ryan Coogler’s box office hit we close the varied Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To this day we still do not know many details of the film that will have to deal with the death of Chadwick Boseman, who gave life to T’Challa throughout the franchise until his death from cancer last 2020. We do not know who hides behind the mask of Black Panther, and how the plot is going to deal with the loss of the actor, and therefore of his character, for whom they have decided not to look for a replacement.
We did not know the duration either, but a leak from a couple of North American movie theater websites, Cineplex and Regal, would have revealed that we would find ourselves not only before the longest film of Phase 4, but also before one of the films with the largest footage of all the MCU. According to The Direct, The supposed duration of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ would be 2 hours and 41 minutes. It would be the longest movie in the franchise after ‘Avengers: Endgame’, which came in at 3 hours. Disney has not confirmed this information, and there are still a few weeks until its premiere, so we have to take this leak with a grain of salt.
Certainly the sequel has many open fronts to play. Aside from the loss of T’Challa, we’ve seen little of the fallout from opening Wakanda up to the world. On the other hand, there is the arrival of Namor (Tenoch Huerta), ready to go to war with the African kingdom. Ryan Coogler recently told Empire that his first idea for ‘Black Panther 2’ before Chadwick Boseman’s death was “spiritually very similar” which we will see on the big screen in November. Obviously he had to make a lot of changes given the circumstances: “Maturity is about facing impossible questions and still making a decision and moving forward” He says. If we go by the reaction of Lupita Nyong’o, who returns as Nakia, she has achieved something very special: “Ryan had told me about the movie it was going to be when Chadwick was still alive. Once we lost him, it was overwhelming to think that we could go on without him. But what Ryan ended up sharing with me was totally truthful and beautiful. I ended up in tears”.
Why didn’t they find another actor?
Going back to the decision not to find a new actor for T’Challa, Kevin Feige admits he looked like “too soon” and considered it a way to not only pay tribute to the actor, but also to deal with such a human and natural feeling as loss: “Stan Lee always said that Marvel represents the world outside your window. We’ve talked about how, as extraordinary and fantastic as our characters and stories are, there is always a relatable and human element in everything we do. The world continues to process Chad’s death. And Ryan poured that feeling into the story.”.
‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ se estrena in theaters November 11.