Writer-Director Ryan Coogler Details Original Story For Black Panther: Wakana Forever

Writer-Director Ryan Coogler Details Original Story For Black Panther: Wakana Forever

Outsiders - December 23, 2022
The New York Times interviewed writer-director Ryan Coogler who revealed the original backstory of Black Panther: Wakana Forever and how the movie was supposed to be before the death of Chadwick Boseman.

The film's center point was to be about relationships between fathers and sons with the struggles dealing with T’Challa’s five-year absence after “The Blip.” Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, would still be the villain, but T’Challa would have been tied to his love interest Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), who gave birth to a son, Toussaint, while he was away. Dealing with that new reality would have been the focus even as the Black Panther battled Namor.

“It was, “What are we going to do about the Blip?” Coogler said to the Times. “That was the challenge. It was absolutely nothing like what we made. It was going to be a father-son story from the perspective of a father, because the first movie had been a father-son story from the perspective of the sons.” “In the (original) script, T’Challa was a dad who’d had this forced five-year absence from his son’s life,” Coogler said. “The first scene was an animated sequence. You hear Nakia talking to Toussaint. She says, “Tell me what you know about your father.” You realize that he doesn’t know his dad was the Black Panther. He’s never met him, and Nakia is remarried to a Haitian dude. Then, we cut to reality, and it’s the night that everybody comes back from the Blip. You see T’Challa meet the kid for the first time.”

The movie would take after the conclusion of The Avengers: Infinity War, three years later.

“Then it cuts ahead three years, and he’s essentially co-parenting,” Coogler continued. “We had some crazy scenes in there for Chad, man. Our code name for the movie was “Summer Break,” and the movie was about a summer that the kid spends with his dad. For his eighth birthday, they do a ritual where they go out into the bush and have to live off the land. But something happens, and T’Challa has to go save the world with his son on his hip. That was the movie.”

In the original plan, Val (The C.I.A. director, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) was more active.

“It was basically a three-way conflict between Wakanda, the US, and Talokan (the underwater kingdom ruled by Namor.) But it was all mostly from the child’s perspective.”

Source: Deadline


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memocromatico - 2022-12-26 @ 10:49 pm

this is a completely different movie, so sad Boseman's passing... but what we got was a great solution. I really liked the movie and where it's taking the MCU

leokearon - 2022-12-25 @ 5:12 pm

Could be used for a What If story

JohnF - 2022-12-24 @ 8:57 pm

Man I would've loved to see this version of the movie. Just from these script details it sounds interesting and unique overall. I still really like the version we eventually got, but that original idea for the plot (a movie that focuses on a hero's struggle to readjust after the snap is something we should've already seen I think), with Chadwick in the movie...Rest in peace C.B.

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