‘Black Panther’ Cast Honored Chadwick Boseman at SDCC 2022


Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba, Winston Duke, Mabel Cadena, Alex Livinalli, Michaela Coel, Dominique Thorne and Tenoch Huerta.
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Chadwick Boseman died almost two years ago after a secret battle with cancer. Black Panther Crew will pay tribute to his legacy in the sequel.

“He was really strong and he was getting excited and as the [teaser] clip went on he was squeezing my shoulder the whole time and when it finished, I couldn’t even lift my arm,” director Ryan Coogler said during Marvel Studios’ Saturday, July 23, panel at San Diego Comic-Con, per Variety. “I felt his hand for the rest of that day. Standing here with you all, listening to that music and thinking about it all, I promise you I can feel his hand on me right now.”

‘Black Panther’ Cast Honored Chadwick Boseman’s Legacy During Comic-Con Appearance: 'I Can Feel His Hand'

Ryan Coogler
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Director, 36-years-old, was responsible for both Black Panther And Wakanda for Ever: Black Panther, added during the Hall H conversation: “Chad is no longer with us physically but his spirit, his passion, his genius, his pride in his culture and the impact that he made on this industry will be felt forever. We loved Chadwick and put our passion into this film. It’s a roller-coaster of a movie.”

Executive producer was elected to the MCU panel. Kevin FeigeComic-Con attendees were astonished by the appearances of several stars as they teased the Phase 4 and Phase 6 TV and film slates, and gave first glimpses at the upcoming projects. A teaser video for Phase 4 and Phase 6 has been released. Wakanda Forever, the country emotionally mourned Boseman’s character of T’Challa.

“I am queen of the most powerful nation in the world, and my entire family is gone,” Angela Bassett, who plays Black Panther’s mother, Ramonda, said in the footage. “Have I not given everything?”

Us Weekly previously confirmed in August 2020 that the Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Star died after a battle against colon cancer at the age of 43.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” a statement released via his Instagram read at the time. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall To Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”

Filming of Wakanda Forever, Coogler and the cast have made it clear that they intended to honor Boseman — who is survived by wife Simone Ledward — with the final cut.

‘Black Panther’ Cast Honored Chadwick Boseman’s Legacy During Comic-Con Appearance: 'I Can Feel His Hand'

Letitia Wright and Lupita Nyong’o.
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“It’s going to be interesting to surpass the cultural phenomenon that it was. It’s going to be really interesting to see how we do that again,” Bassett, 63, exclusively told Us In May 2021. “It’s going to be phenomenal and it’s going to pay tribute and it’s going to carry on that legacy.”

The 9-1-1 actress added at the time: “[Chadwick]He could do anything he wanted. He could rap and dance like James Brown. He could be the movie’s center. [as] the cinema’s first black superhero. He could do it all, and he can inspire us. His work definitely stands on its own, and his work was the most important thing to him.”

Wakanda for Ever: Black Panther November 11th, in theaters

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