Black Panther 2 Killmonger Scene Explained, Plus New Panther

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Let’s talk about the new Black Panther
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Walk into Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, wonder it was not say specifically who was going to become the Black Panther as a result of T’Challa’s death—but one look at the poster or the commercials made that pretty clear. So he whoMaybe it wasn’t a mystery. But why Y What? Much more.

Talking to io9 in the past month Black Panther: Wakanda Forever press day, producer Nate Moore explained why the character chosen to be the new Black Panther was the only person really considered. Also, the moviewriter-director Ryan Coogler immerse yourself in what that person sees when they enter the ancestral plain. Which, for our money, is the biggest reveal and surprise in the movie for a lot of reasons.

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Of course, if you’ve seen the movie, you know that, unsurprisingly, it’s Shuri (Letitia Wright), sister of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), who takes up the mantle of Black Panther, after she recreates the figure in heart shape. she grass wearing the bracelet that Namor (Tenoch Huerta) gave her. She takes the herb hoping to see her mother or her brother die of her in the ancestral plane only to see… her cousin die of hers, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), in her place. It’s a shocking moment, both for the audience and, more importantly, for Shuri, who is facing an enemy instead of a loved one.

To dive into all of that, first of all, Marvel had to make the decision that Shuri would be Black Panther. And, according to Nate Moore, she really was the only option. “I think organically that felt more narratively correct,” he told io9. “Shuri was the closest person to T’Challa, so her passing impacted her the most. Also, she remembers that in the first movie, Killmonger burned all the grass in the shape of a heart. There aren’t many people with the ability to recover even the potential of a Black Panther. And as a post purist, not many people have donned that mantle. Shuri is actually one of a handful. So it didn’t seem disingenuous to us to lean on that.”

Moore added that Marvel saw some talk online about other options, but it never came into play. “We are very aware of this and that online,” he said. “Maybe it’s M’Baku, maybe it’s Nakia, maybe it’s Okoye. But none of it felt as good as Shuri. So we just drove in that direction.”

Erik Killmonger returns.

Erik Killmonger returns.
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As for why Shuri even wants to be Black Panther, that’s where Killmonger comes in. Coogler told io9 that the character felt like the right way to make her really question herself. “It was more the why,” said the director. “Why was she taking the herb? What were her intentions? and that’s what [Killmonger] challenges And that’s where we realize why he sees what he sees”. Are you taking the weed just to see a mother or a brother? How do you want to use Black Panther’s powers? Much was wrapped up in the revelation.

Coogler also said that the idea of ​​Killmonger being the person Shuri saw came later in the process when he realized that the journey the character was taking just wasn’t working. “I think it became clear to us once we turned around that the movie would be about Shuri, his journey was somewhat iterative as we wrote,” Coogler said. “And you realize that the movie asks questions about who she will be when she gets out of this situation. A different way of coming of age.” And who better to break that repeating cycle and challenge Shuri than cousin Erik. Also, now Michael B. Jordan has been in all four Ryan Coogler movies. And counting.

Behind the choice of the new Black Panther

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now in theaters.

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