Writer-director Ryan Coogler recently appeared on Marvel Studios’ podcast, Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther, to talk about the sequel. The nearly 40-minute chat delved deep into the world of Wakanda, how the Marvel Cinematic Universe evolved, and how Chadwick Boseman’s death impacted and changed the sequel. Coogler previously discussed how the actor’s death particularly affected the film’s visual style. The conversation eventually led to the director being asked to discuss the importance and responsibility of a new actor taking on the role of Black Panther. Coogler responded candidly, opening up his train of thought for not recasting T’Challa, a character who continues to inspire millions of fans around the world.
“You consider everything, when something like that happens it’s like, ‘I don’t think I can come back and do another one, I don’t think I can do that. I don’t think there should be another.’ You go through all extremes,” the director said, opening up about his conflicted feelings about returning to Wakanda. Coogler got emotional and confirmed that a rewrite was being considered as an option. “It’s a complicated thing to even say,” said the “Black Panther” Helmer, before explaining why the thought of a rewrite dwindled, and it all boils down to being honest and seeking the truth.