Chadwick Boseman’s untimely death shook the world and it was hard to imagine a Black Panther movie without him. Director Ryan Coogler confirmed recently that the original plan for the second movie in the series was going to be completely different and had to be entirely changed following his demise.
In an interview with The New York Times, Coogler revealed the original plan for the movie which ultimately became Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. He said that the original plot focused on the Blip, which saw T’Challa and the others vanish from the Earth for five years at the end of Infinity War.
Coogler had written a father-son focused story for the second Black Panther film. “In the script, T’Challa was a dad who’d had this forced five-year absence from his son’s life,” he said.
The director shared that he had even envisioned the perfect opening scene for the film which was going to be an animated sequence with Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) asking the couple’s son Toussaint what he could remember about his father before it shifted to reality to the night when everyone came back from the Blip, including T’Challa.
“Then it cuts ahead three years and he’s essentially co-parenting. We had some crazy scenes in there for Chad, the movie was about a summer that the kid spends with his dad. But something happens and T’Challa has to go save the world with his son on his hip. That was the movie,” said Coogler.
The recently released Wakanda Forever was a moving tribute to Boseman and dealt with the aftermath of King T’Challa’s death with Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye, Nakiya, and Everett Ross coming together to fight for Wakanda’s next chapter.