While Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, starring Lupita Nyong'o in the role of Nakia, Danai Gurira in the role of Okoye, Martin Freeman in the role of Everett K. Ross, Letitia Wright in the role of Shuri, Winston Duke in the role of M'Baku, Angela Bassett in the role of Ramonda, Dominique Thorne in the role of Riri Williams also known as Ironheart, after a long delay due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, is well on its way to release in theatres on 30 June 2023.
Nate Moore, who serves as the main producer of the much-awaited movie, says that Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther legacy will be carried on in the upcoming sequel.
“There was no way to talk about the film without addressing the tragic loss of the crew's inspiration and leading man, Boseman. "I think this movie has different sort of pressure on it, obviously, with the loss of Chadwick, which was unexpected and unprecedented in a way narratively, to figure out how to deal with," Moore said to ComicBook.com, explaining how the filmmakers and crew working on the movie will ensure that Boseman is honored in the epic because of the legacy he left on the film series through his character Black Panther. "So beyond, 'Hey, we want to make a big, fun time,' and people of the first movie, it's how do we sort of do right by his legacy and tell a story that isn't exploitative, which we would never, ever do, but builds on the things that he loved about the property and builds on the things that he brought to the property in a way that is enjoyable, feels real, feels earned, feels organic. Because I think we're going to see the movie in two lenses, pure entertainment, but also cathartic. And we have to be conscious of both of those lenses as we're making it."
"That's hard to say," Moore added. "I mean, I would be lying if I didn't want people to be most excited about Black Panther 2, just because that's what I'm thinking about 24 hours a day. But no, but I think everything is becoming more different. And that's something we talk a lot about. And again, for better or for worse what Eternals is doing, is showing you that we can do different kinds of things. Because we're quite aware of how much stuff we make. We're super aware of the movies we've made in the past. For us, as we go forward, it's how do we make Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness different from Thor: Love and Thunder, different from Wakanda Forever, different from The Marvels, different from Ms. Marvel, different from Hawkeye. There is a lot of stuff."
These comments exactly echos that of Black Panther star Lupita Nyong, returning to reprise her role in the sequel, who previously said that Black Panther 2 will be a tribute to Boseman. "We have a leader in Ryan, who feels very much like we do, who feels the loss in a very, very real way as well," she explained. "And his idea, the way which he has reshaped the second movie is so respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world. So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this. And hopefully, what I do look forward to, is getting back together and honoring what he started with us, and holding his light through it. Because he left us a lot of light that we’re still going to be bathing in. I know that for sure," Nyong said in an interview.