Nate Moore told Looper how the film’s creators found a way to weave the heartbreaking loss of Bose into the storyline of the Black Panther sequel. “Chadwick’s death was sudden and surprising to all of us, and as a storyteller you have to find a meaningful way forward. We wanted to revisit Wakanda because we knew how much it meant to the audience and to Chad, so it seemed like a way we could do that and still honor his death and not walk past it.
“[Director] Ryan [Coogler] and Joe Robert Cole are the co-writers who found a way to take what we had and take a little of the basics of the storyline,” Moore continued. “We’ve always wanted to introduce Namor and flesh out a character journey for Shuri and Ramonda and all the other Wakandans who might then mourn T’Challa on screen and hopefully marry her off in a film that’s about that [not only] Sadness and loss, but also hope and renewal and the promise of a way forward.”
Moore noted that after deciding to include T’Challa’s death in the film, the goal was to tell a story that was as true to the characters involved as possible. “If you think of Shuri, for example, this is a woman who has spent her entire life with her brother,” Moore pointed out. “He’s her older brother, so this man has been by her side since birth. So his death would touch her and Ramonda the most. And then you curl up from there…you tell the most organic story to the people closest to the man. And if the film works, it’s because hopefully it doesn’t feel artificial, how we deal with the grief, it feels [like] a natural outcome of the first film.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now in theaters exclusively.