Lupita Nyong’o, who stars in the upcoming Marvel sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, remembered late co-star Chadwick Boseman Saturday at San Diego Comic Con 2022.
The Oscar-winning actress appeared as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe panel and reflected on making Black Panther: Wakanda Forever without their “king” Chadwick Boseman, who died in August 2020 after an undisclosed battle with colon cancer.
“It’s been a doozy of a few years for everybody,” Nyong’o, who plays Nakia in the films, told The Hollywood Reporter. “For us as a cast, having lost our king, Chadwick Boseman, that was a lot to process, and in many ways, we’re still processing it. When you lose someone, I don’t know when you stop missing them. And of course, we felt it so much, making this film without him.”
Despite it being “a doozy of a few years for everybody,” Nyong’o told the outlet that she’s “very proud” that they were able “to make this film against all odds,” calling the act “a powerful statement unto itself. It was very therapeutic,” she said. “It restored a sense of hope for me in making it, and I think we’ve expanded the world of Wakanda in ways that will blow people’s minds — not just Wakanda, but the Black Panther world. It’s gonna blow people’s minds, and I just cannot wait until it’s not a secret anymore.”
When asked about the pivotal moment in the trailer that teases someone else donning the Black Panther suit, Nyong’o replied, “Don’t you just love a good secret?” she demurred. On Saturday, Marvel debuted the first teaser trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Florence Kasumba, who reprises her role of Ayo in the sequel, told THR that she first saw the trailer when it was shown at Comic-Con and is still processing the various emotions it evoked in her. “In this one, we get to see more of the culture, of the people,” she added. “Some backstories that were to be told. But again, there’s also this whole problem that has to be solved.”
A synopsis of the film states that the characters “must fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is slated for release this year on November 11.