Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Director Ryan Coogler Talks Quitting Movies After Chadwick Boseman’s Death

Ryan Coogler has a monumental task ahead when creating and directing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. He lost his friend and leading man Chadwick Boseman in 2020 amid the making of the anticipated sequel. Boseman’s death changed the vision he and Coogler had crafted together for the Marvel superhero. Following the passing of his late friend, the Oscar-nominated director wanted to pay tribute to him while pushing the fledgling franchise forward. While fans are excited to see what Coogler has in store for Wakanda, he’s debated leaving the sequel and Hollywood behind altogether. The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever The director explained why he almost quit acting after Boseman’s death.

Don’t have the Black Panther star of the film left a major hole among the cast and crew. But his passing broke the director a little harder than fans would have imagined. But that shouldn’t be surprising given that Coogler explained that filming without Boseman was the hardest thing for him to do. Before going behind the camera, he wasn’t sure if he wanted to do a sequel or another film. The Black Panther director explained to EO why he almost quit the entertainment industry.

I was at a point where I was like, ‘I’m walking away from this business. I didn’t know if I could do another film period, [let alone] another Black Panther movie, because it hurt a lot. I was like, ‘Man, how could I open up to feel like this again?’

Contemplating his future in Hollywood was understandable in the wake of such a personal loss. Grief would cause anyone to rethink various aspects of their life. For Coogler, losing the Oscar nominee was less about business and more about the bond they had formed. It seemed the director had lost his muse to Boseman. As the Black Panther director mentioned, he didn’t want to collaborate with another actor only to be heartbroken again.

As Coogler doubted whether he would do another film again, he opted to review old videos of him and Boseman together as well as interviews with the late actor. Reviewing the footage would have allowed him to hear Boseman defending the Marvel franchise. Hearing his late friend push the Fruitvale Station director to “continue” with black panther 2.

Luckily, the film’s producer was able to move forward while honoring the memory of the late actor, as seen in the emotional new trailer. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to be a major hit as Coogler and Marvel keep the identity of the new Black Panther a secret. The film will see Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Winston Duke return to Wakanda. Marvel fans will also discover Tenoch Huerta’s Namor and Dominque Thorne’s Riri Williams. Fans can’t wait to return to the fictional land, with some even rewatching the Marvel movies in order before catching the new release.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11. The sequel serves as the final Phase 4 release before the rest of the upcoming Marvel movies premiere over the next few years. In the meantime, more upcoming movies will hit theaters in 2022.

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