- Warning: Major spoilers for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” ahead.
- The sequel sees Wakanda mourned by the loss of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman).
- Writer Joe Robert Cole envisions Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o as the new Black Panther.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has the difficult task of dealing with the tragic death of actor Chadwick Boseman when King T’Challa dies of a mysterious illness in the opening minutes of the film.
Shuri (Leticia Wright) and her loved ones clash with Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and the Talocan nation to mourn their dead king, and the complications of death are reflected in the story.
Shuri eventually learns to let her grief take over and embraces her role as Wakanda’s new Black Panther.
But writer Joe Robert Cole recently told Rolling Stone that the topic of T’Challa’s successor was a big talking point going into the film, and that they wanted to find the character that hurt the most.
The writer explained: “We bounce around the ideas, and try to figure out where the story goes and what’s the most impactful choice – what’s the best journey? And where do you go after the movie in terms of those characters? M’Baku is definitely a bit of a kicker.” it was”
Cole also confirmed that Lupita Nyong’o’s spy Nakia was in the running for Black Panther: “That’s kicking! Her name definitely hit.”
Nakia would have been an interesting choice for Black Panther, especially with her experience as a spy, but it’s clear that the focus of her arc was on setting up the final reveal of T’Challa’s son Toussaint (Divine Love Konadou-Tsen).
Cole goes on to say that Shuri took the costume with her brother’s story in mind, and it’s clear that it works with the source material.
The writer added: “In the comics, Shuri is Black Panther and there’s a natural organic, I guess that’s the best way to say she’s going to be Panther. But you kick the tires on every idea. And you just want to. Make the best decision and do what’s best for the story.”