With the anniversary of Chadwick Boseman‘s death coming near, the wound of his untimely demise are still fresh in everyone’s mind. A talented actor, a kind human, a loving husband taken too soon. Even as he was winning the world as their King, now the actor is no more and Ryan Coogler things Chadwick would’ve wanted everyone to carry on making Black Panther 2.
Black Panther was the MCU movie which broke box office records and raced its way to $1.3 Billion in global box office earning. Telling the story of an African King who is also a superhero wearing vibranium suit, the movie was a massive success worldwide and propelled Chadwick Boseman to further stardom. But a couple of years after the movie was released the actor died.
Succumbing to colon cancer that barely anyone in the industry or the actor’s fanbase knew about, the actor passed away leaving his wife and family behind while millions mourned his loss. With his demise the character of Black Panther and its fate was also questioned but, Ryan Coogler is saying the actor would’ve wanted this to happen.
Ryan Coogler This Chadwick Boseman Would Not Want Them to Stop
There are only a few perfect casting in the history of superhero movies, Robert Downey Jr. or Heath Ledger comes to mind. And when Chadwick Boseman was announced as Black Panther in the yet to be released Captain America: Civil War, everyone in the audience and at home knew there couldn’t be another perfect actor to play the role.
A man who has allowed his acting to do all the talking, and never took a job just because it paid good, Chadwick Boseman was the perfect human to carry the ideals of T’Challa. And when the movie was released to rave reviews and Oscar nomination there was not a single person who was surprised by the outcomes.
Chadwick Boseman was Black Panther and the franchise will never be same without him. But the story of the first Black superhero of MCU to get a solo movie is too big a cultural impacting story not to tell. So, a decision was made to continue with the franchise and the Ryan Coogler, the director of Black Panther and friend of Chadwick says the actor would be proud of them for continuing.
There is this fascinating story from when Chadwick Boseman was only a struggling young actor working in Hollywood. He landed a TV role and when the writers, who were all white, wrote stories about black struggle and black stereotypical families, the actor raised his voice. He did not continue with the show after that and the role went to Michael B. Jordan.
Chadwick Boseman stood on his ideals and it was one of the reasons when he told producers that he was not doing slave roles. The T’Challa actor was all about propelling black voices and bringing back some semblance of respect to his community after years of fake or untrue portrayals. That is why despite his death Chadwick would not have wanted anyone to stop working on Black Panther 2.
Black Panther is not just a story of black price trying to be king. It is a reminder to the non-white world that all heroes are not white and speak immaculate English. The movie is hope for all “minority” groups who have been fed for decades about the white saviors coming to the rescue. Black Panther is all of us and that type of story deserves more than just a single movie.
Speaking about the future of Black Panther, Ryan Coogler said, “You’ve got to keep going when you lose loved ones. I know Chad wouldn’t have wanted us to stop. He was somebody who was so about the collective. Even though he was going through what he was going through, he was checking in on them, making sure they were good.” So, the team is now marching on, remembering a true king by building and expanding on his legacy.
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