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Marvel is returning to Wakanda next summer. Dive into the news on 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' and the legacy of Chadwick Boseman. 

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’: Will Chadwick Boseman’s legacy continue?

Marvel is returning to Wakanda next summer, as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever began production yesterday at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia with a release date of July 8th, 2022 leaving a bittersweet taste for many fans. 

Though Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will spark the return of many of the beloved characters, Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa won’t be among them. Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death after a four-year battle with colon cancer makes this project more than a mere film; it makes it a powerful tribute to such a prolific actor and activist. 

This energy is definitely present both on the set and on the internet as many fans have voiced their bittersweet joy at the announcement on Twitter. We searched through the threads to find more information on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and how they are honoring the late, great Chadwick Boseman. Get back to Wakanda as we dive into the news on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the legacy of Chadwick Boseman. 

A cultural sensation 

Black Panther was not only an amazing film, but was a cultural smash hit back in February 2018, shattering the antiquated Hollywood myth that films with a predominantly Black cast would not be commercially viable to international audiences. 

The film’s $1.34 billion dollar box office worldwide definitely dissuaded many of that notion, making Black Panther Marvel’s highest-grossing non-Avengers film of all time. This feat didn’t go unnoticed, as the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won Oscars for score, costume design, and production design. 

Though all of these incredible behind-the-scenes feats are very much earned, it was the actors who really helped make this story as powerful as it was, with Chadwick Boseman bringing powerful, regal energy to the role of T’Challa. An energy that is, unfortunately, sorely missed on the set of the film’s sequel. 

Make him proud 

Kevin Feige, the Marvel Studio’s chief, commented on Chadwick Boseman’s tragic absence on the set of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever during a Black Widow Global Fan Event in Los Angeles yesterday, stating how “It’s clearly very emotional without Chad. But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”

This wasn’t the first sentiment about Boseman’s absence that was stated to Variety and other outlets. Director Ryan Coogler said that this process was “the hardest thing” he’d ever done in his professional career. 

He added that “I’m incredibly sad to lose Boseman, but I’m also incredibly motivated that I got to spend time with him. He’s one of those people who, you spend your life hearing about people like this…For this individual, who’s an ancestor now, I was there for it… It’s such an incredible privilege that fills you up as much as it knocks you down.” 

Twitter is waiting 

Many are now waiting in anticipation for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and voicing their confidence in Marvel to honor Chadwick Boseman’s legacy. Reactions to the news include: 

We can’t deny it, 2022 is going to be a stacked year for Marvel fans! 

 It definitely will be! 

Yeah, for this film you’d better have tissues at the ready . . . .

No matter what happened, he never yielded! That is a legacy worth immortalizing!

Marvel fans will definitely make sure it does! 

What are your thoughts on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and how they will try to honor Chadwick Boseman? Drop your thoughts below in the comments! 

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