In just under a month, the Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever will hit theaters. While there have been dozens of sequels to the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the past decade, none have had as much emotional weight behind them as Black Panther 2, all due to the death of Chadwick Boseman. While promoting the upcoming film, Nakia star Lupita Nyong’o recalled how she got mad at the American actor during the first film’s press tour.
Chadwick lost his battle with colon cancer on August 28, 2020. Not before making his mark on the Marvel franchise in Avengers Infinity War and Avengers Endgame.
However, in 2018, while promoting the billion dollar solo film Black Panther, Lupita recalled becoming frustrated with one of her decisions.
“There were times when Chadwick told me no,” he said in a new interview. “And I wasn’t happy with him.”
She explained that she fought “tooth and nail” for him to change his mind, but he quietly and respectfully refused her requests.
Lupita, who is of Kenyan descent, asked Chadwick to accompany her to South Africa to promote Black Panther in 2018. She was already attending with Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye in the series.
She explained, “I felt it was important to have him on the continent, as an African American coming to South Africa. I thought it was a powerful symbol.”
To her frustration: “He wouldn’t go,” Lupita said. “Now, I understand that he was battling cancer and probably had medical reasons.”
Lupita confessed that she “tried everything” to get him on a plane with her and Danai, to no avail. (via The Hollywood Reporter)
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Lupita was told the tragic news via text from fellow Hollywood star Viola Davis.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said, before adding later: “He had an aura. He was the leader, and we were all cool with that.”
Lupita is reprising her role as Nakia in the upcoming superhero sequel, and is also rumored to be under the guise of the new and improved Black Panther.
When asked if she’s the new hero behind the mask, she replied, “If I told you that, I might as well…swim in the ocean and never be seen again.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11.
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