In 2020, when Chadwick Boseman passed away, the world grieved his passing.
Boseman’s death at age 43 from colon cancer, a fight he kept quiet, came as a shock to his loved ones, regardless of whether they knew him personally.
Even for those who just saw him on film or in an interview, Boseman exuded charm and kindness from every orifice.
As the Marvel character T’Challa, Chadwick Boseman was a hero to millions of children and adults who felt empowered by his depiction as a Black superhero. As an individual, Boseman infused his art with his compassion, imbuing his figures with humanity.
For his co-stars in Black Panther, they lost family.
“When he died, my world collapsed for a bit,” Lupita Nyong’o of Black Panther told news.com.au. He was a close friend.
Wakanda Forever marks the first time Nyong’o has reprised a live-action character in a sequel. It was a new challenge for her to return to a role she had last played four years prior.
Nyong’o stated that she had to reflect on the decisions she made regarding Nakia in the first film, but that Nakia’s journey ultimately mirrored her own.
She explained, “A character grows as much as you do, and you come to the character at a different point in your life.” “I sincerely believe that every character is derived from a part of myself, that my being informs and influences the character.
“I kept thinking about how T’Challa loved Nakia. Therefore, what effect does this have on her? I approached the character differently because I had experienced grief firsthand.
“I was thinking a great deal about his life, what he stood for, and his work ethic and one of the things his wife Simone said at his funeral became my mantra. She stated that Chad was a patient individual who did not waste time.
Take your time, but don’t waste it. That was something I kept thinking. This really assisted me in approaching this process with candor and candor. I was overjoyed to have survived because I knew he had been anticipating the event but was unable to attend. I desired to be as present as possible to honor him.
All of us who knew him speak his name; this is how we perpetuate his legacy.
Nyong’o stated that Wakanda Forever’s decision to incorporate Boseman’s death and its emotional impact directly into the narrative continues this legacy.
“We assert that Chadwick was present, that he left an impression, and that we will never forget it.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently in theatres.