It’s kinda hard to picture Black Panther 2 without Chadwick Boseman for some fans, myself included. So imagine how difficult that job is for Ryan Coogler, tasked with bringing the sequel to life? Coogler recently appeared on Jemele Hill’s Unbothered podcast and expressed how Black Panther 2 is the hardest thing he’s ever done. Coogler, nor it seems many at Marvel knew how serious Boseman’s illness was before his tragic passing. However, as they say in Hollywood, the show goes on.
“You know, I’m currently going through it,” he explained. “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. 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.”
”That said, 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? 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.”
I can’t even begin to imagine how many times Coogler must just wish for Boseman back. Boseman was so central to the power of Black Panther and a friend to everyone on the cast and crew. All we know for now, is that Marvel will not recast the role of T’Challa. Therefore, how Black Panther 2 will explain the absence of it’s star and introduce someone new as the defender of Wakanda? Well, let’s just say Coogler’s task is not one I particularly envy.
Just how will they make Black Panther 2 without Chadwick Boseman, and will it connect with fans? As always, leave any thoughts you have below.