Black Panther 2, aka Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, seems like a risk to some fans as it will be missing the first films central character, T’Challa/Black Panther. Marvel Studios announced not long after star Chadwick Boseman died that his character T’Challa would not be recast for the sequel.
I’m excited, as you can imagine, very excited. Of course, there’ll be some changes we know — we know we won’t have our heart and soul right there at the center in Chadwick, but in spirit I know that he will be with us from day one through infinity.
She assured fans not to worry about T’Challa’s absence in the film while praising writer/director Ryan Cooglar:
Black Panther fans don’t have to worry about a thing because we have our fearless, wonderful, visionary leader Ryan Coogler there, you know, on script and there directing. I have no doubt that it will be glorious, that it will be wonderful.
He’s a visionary, an auteur, he’s a kind of gentle soul and he encourages you in his own particular way, his own sweet way, gentle, insistent way to give your best, so I have absolute faith in him.
This comes after Martin Freeman said this about Black Panther 2‘s plot earlier this month:
Some of it was very odd, and I think [Coogler] could see from the reaction on my face to some of the things he was saying. He kept sort of stopping, and he kept going, ‘Stay with me, but this is going to work.
I believe in Ryan Cooglar. It also helps that I believe in Kevin Feige. I’m sure the end result will be quite enjoyable.