New details of the original story of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, focused on the events of Avengers: Endgame

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Before the film was rewritten following the death of Chadwick Boseman, the sequel to Black Panther would have focused on the events of Avengers: Endgame.

In an interview with Inverse, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever director and screenwriter Ryan Coogler says that while history has changed after Boseman’s death, the original script for the Black Panther sequel it was always going to be about grief, since it would have addressed the sequels of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame; both centered on Thanos’ plan to eliminate half of life using the Infinity Stones.

As for the character of T’Challa, the original script was about about the mourning of the five years lost in the time that has elapsed between his “disappearance” in Infinity War and his resurrection in Endgame.

“The tone was going to be similar,” Coogler tells Inverse. “The character was going to be grieving the loss of time, you know, coming back after being away for five years. As a man with so much responsibility to so many, coming back after a five-year enforced absence, that’s what the film addressed. movie. He was suffering the time that he couldn’t get back. The grieving was a big part.”

Following Boseman’s death, Coogler reworked the film with co-writer Joe Robert Cole for focus on other characters, although Namor was always planned as the antagonist, even in the original script. Namor is portrayed by Tenoch Huerta in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

“Who the lead was, the lead’s flaws, what the lead was facing on his journey, all of those things had to be different because of our losing him and the choices we made moving forward,” says Coogler.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11, with Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett reprising their roles from the first film. New additions include Huerta as Namor and Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart.