Wakanda Forever Producer Talks Weaving All of the Colors of Grief into the Film

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever producer, Nate Moore, talks about how being honest about the loss of T'Challa/Chadwick Boseman, and including all of the colors of grief.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever producer, Nate Moore, talks about how being honest about the loss of T’Challa/Chadwick Boseman, and including all of the colors of grief.

Dealing with loss is never easy, and sadly much of the world has experienced an abundance in the past few years. The world has lost many greats in the past few years, and among them is Chadwick Boseman. We now know that the film originally focused on the ramification of Avengers: Endgame prior to his passing. Rather than avoid the topic, Ryan Coogler, along with Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, pivoted the film to embrace the loss. Nate Moore shared his thoughts on it during the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever press conference. He also details how grief is not just sadness and depression and goes in on the other colors of grief.

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Nate Moore on the Different Colors of Grief in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Yeah.  I mean, I think, as storytellers, you just wanna be as honest as possible with what the characters would experience in the film after they experience the loss of T’Challa. And it is not just grief to your point. It’s also sometimes joy, sometimes humor.  It is all of the emotions anyone feels with any profound loss.  But we had such a collection of talent and such a collection of characters, who all have a different point of view with that loss, that I think Ryan found ways to express all the different colors of grief through the ensemble. 

And that’s not just the Wakandans, by the way, who definitely feel it, but it’s the loss that Namor and the Talokan feel because of the loss of their homeland. So, I think Ryan was savvy enough as a filmmaker and storyteller to weave all those themes across the entirety of the film.  Which is, I think, why hopefully the film will be powerful for people.

Nate Moore, Producer Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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While curious about what could have been, it is astounding what Ryan Coogler, Nate Moore, Kevin Feige, and the rest of the cast and crew have done with the film. It is even more impressive considering the circumstances. It is not easy to lose someone so near and dear, but it is miraculous they found a way to celebrate and honor Chadwick Boseman that helped them heal. Hopefully, the honest approach to grief Black Panther: Wakanda Forever takes will bring the world together like the first film, and maybe, help us all cry, laugh, and heal a little bit as well.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases globally exclusively in theaters on November 11, 2022. Tickets are on sale now.


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. © 2022 MARVEL.

Release Date: November 11, 2022
Director: Ryan Coogler
Story Writer: Ryan Coogler
Screenplay: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Producers: Kevin Feige, Nate Moore
Costume Design: Ruth Carter
Cast: Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Tenoch Huerta, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.

Will you be bringing tissues with you to the theaters? Do you already have tickets to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever? How many times do you expect to tear up? Let us know what you think and share your theories with us on Twitter!

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