Two years have passed since the tragic death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, and several of those lucky enough to work alongside the up-and-coming young actor have taken to social media to pay tribute to him. Black Panther Star Lupita Nyong’o, who will reprise the role of Nakia in the upcoming sequel, shared a clip of Boseman on her Instagram account, showing how truly humble the actor was.
“He kept it real, he kept it nice,” Lupita Nyong’o said in a caption alongside the pictures, which show Boseman signing autographs for fans. Co-worker Black Panther co-star Winston Duke, who will return as the warrior M’Baku in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, wrote a comment next to the clip. “An incredibly generous man…always sharing and helping and giving and loving…ugh…my heart…Ure missed my brother beyond words…love love! Thank you Lupita for posting our treasure…man oh man!!” the actor wrote.
Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri, the princess of Wakanda and sister to Boseman’s T’Challa, continued these sentiments by commenting on a series of heart emojis.
Chadwick Boseman sadly passed away on August 28, 2020, following a private battle with colon cancer. The actor made a huge impression on the Marvel Cinematic Universe after debuting as T’Challa aka Black Panther in 2016. Captain America: Civil War before appearing in both Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and leading his own way out, Black Pantherwhich grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will mirror the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman, with Marvel’s official synopsis for the sequel revealing that both Boseman’s and T’Challa’s presence will permeate the film. “In Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), battle to protect his nation from the world powers that intervene in the wake of King T’Challa’s death,” reads the synopsis. “As the people of Wakanda struggle to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must unite 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.”
The cast and crew involved in bringing the Black Panther sequel to the big screen have stated that the film will honor Chadwick Boseman’s legacy, with Letitia Wright saying, “We honor him by committing ourselves to this story that he started, the legacy that he started with this franchise. And we committed every day to working hard no matter what circumstances we face. And we face a lot of circumstances! A lot of tough situations, but we came together as a team and poured everything into this movie, so I’m excited for you to see it.”
Directed by Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for release in the United States on November 11, 2022, as the final film in Phase Four of the MCU.