The late series hero Chadwick Boseman was pleased about the inclusion of the kingdom of Talokan in the follow-up film, according to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler. Boseman made his acting debut in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 as T’Challa, also known as the Black Panther. In 2018, he went on to feature in Black Panther, a tremendous smash that solidified Boseman’s standing as a star of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and earned him the No. 6 slot in domestic box office history. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was changed to focus on mourning the loss of the actor and his character when Boseman tragically passed away in 2020 from colon cancer.
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Boseman’s opinions on the Talokanil people’s arrival in the Black Panther sequel were disclosed by director Ryan Coogler during an interview with Entertainment Weekly for EW’s Around the Table video series. The filmmaker claims that Boseman was “fired up” by the prospect of such Indigenous representation and was aware of the intentions to include Namor black panther 2 namor and his country in the MCU. View Coogler’s comments below:
When I had discussed that part of the script—introducing Talokan—with Chad [Boseman], he was really enthusiastic. He was quite passionate about that. The first time we discussed include indigenous Americans in the movie, I recall we were at a restaurant in Los Feliz. They won’t anticipate this, he said with the widest smile. It’s fantastic.
The MCU’s Diversity Was Pioneered by Black Panther
The MCU has previously come under fire for its lack of diversity, especially in Phases 1 and 2, where each film is dominated by a white hero and the characters of color who do make an appearance are restricted to assisting their white counterparts. Additionally, Captain America: Civil War dabbled in certain problematic and worn-out clichés and used the suffering of Black people and communities (such as T’Chaka’s death, Rhodey’s paralysis, and the Lagos bombing) as a way to advance the story. Thus, the debut of Black Panther represented a major reboot for the series.
Black Panther did a lot of things well, such displaying Wakanda’s accomplishments, busting stereotypes left and right, and proving that Black communities are not a homogenous group. It also included a cast that was primarily Black and extremely skilled. Since the release of that movie, the MCU has made great progress in making up for its past errors by giving more characters of color their moment in the limelight and elevating the previously underutilized supporting cast members. For instance, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) took on the mantle of Captain America in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but Rhodey (Don Cheadle) will be the focus of the narrative in Armor Wars.
Since the release of the first Black Panther, the MCU’s feature films have seen a substantial demographic shift outside of Disney+. Simu Liu’s eponymous character from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings introduced the first Asian superhero to the MCU, while a diverse ensemble cast was present in Eternals, and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) made her MCU debut in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The MCU has made enormous advances with its diverse representation, and certainly wants to continue on that front in the franchise’s next movies and television shows. Without the success of Black Panther, it seems unlikely that any of these empowering tales would have come to be. Boseman’s dedication to building on that legacy by encouraging the inclusion of traditionally underrepresented indigenous cultures in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is commendable.