It’s still incredibly disheartening to think we won’t see Chadwick Boseman suit up as Black Panther ever again in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He seemed poised to remain a big featured player in the wake of Avengers: Endgame until his shocking death last year. Black Panther director/writer Ryan Coogler recently addressed the challenge of making the sequel without Boseman.
Coogler appeared on the Jemele Hill Is Unbothered podcast, which is well worth following BTW, and explained the personal and professional challenges of carrying the franchise forward.
“You know, I’m currently going through it. One thing that I’ve learned in my short or long time on this Earth, however, you want to look at it, it’s difficult to have perspective on something while you’re going through it,” Coogler said. “This is one of the more profound things that I’ve ever gone through in my life, having to be a part of keeping this project going without this particular person. Who was like the glue that held it together.”
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As expected, Coogler has had to pivot on his original plans for the Black Panther sequel. Early rumors suggested that Spider-Man adversary Kraven the Hunter might show up while others had Doctor Doom playing a key role. While those could play out, Coogler didn’t have any specifics to share at this time.
“…You have a personal life, you have a professional life, you got a private life. When you work in something that you love, those things blend, they come together right?” he said. “Your life kind of becomes your work for the better part of it. So, I’m trying to find a work-life balance, so I’m working on building two things that can stand on their own. I’m not there yet. But, this is without question, the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my professional life.”
Which direction do you hope Coogler takes in the sequel and do you think it will live up to the original installment?