Black Panther 2 is a Tribute to Chadwick Boseman, Says Marvel Boss Kevin Feige

Marvel boss Kevin Feige says that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will honor the late Chadwick Boseman, with the actor’s sprit “pulsing” throughout the MCU sequel. Speaking with Entertainment Tonight at San Diego Comic-Con, Feige referred to director Ryan Coogler’s speech before showing the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, adding that Boseman was with them on the Hall H stage.

“He is. And [director] Ryan Coogler had some beautiful words at the top of the panel about feeling Chad on his shoulder still. The last time we were all together on that stage, Chad was with us, and it was beautiful.”

The legacy of Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa runs through the first footage from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, with the movie itself expected to be an emotional experience for audiences and Marvel fans. Introducing the trailer at SDCC, director Ryan Coogler recalled the moment that the first trailer from 2018’s Black Panther was shown, saying, “He was right next to me, and he was excited. And he grabbed my left shoulder with his hand. He was just squeezing down on my shoulder the whole time,” adding “I promise you that I can feel his arm on my shoulder right now.”

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will reflect real-life tragedy with the death of T’Challa. The official synopsis has revealed more about how both Boseman and T’Challa’s presence will permeate the Marvel movie. “In Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death,” the synopsis reads. “As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Stars All Wanted to Honor Chadwick Boseman

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Kevin Feige is not the first to state the intention of honoring Chadwick Boseman with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Star Letitia Wright, who will reprise the role of Shuri and is expected to take over the Black Panther mantle, has said of her hopes to honor her late, great co-star. “We honored him by committing ourselves to this story that he started, the legacy he started with this franchise,” the actress said. “And we just committed every day to working 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 poured everything into this movie, so I’m excited for you to see it.”

Angela Bassett, who will return as Ramonda, the Queen Mother of Wakanda, echoed many of these sentiments, stating that the cast and crew wanted to make the best sequel possible as a way of honoring Boseman. “He was such an example, such a leader, an amazing talent — we all know that,” she said. “Big heart, great intellect, and we just hope to raise his standard.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to be released on November 11, 2022.