Ruth E. Carter, who created the costumes for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, explained how the late Chadwick Boseman, the franchise’s eponymous hero, has been remembered through the use of white attire in the next sequel. Boseman hailed as a real-life hero across the world sadly passed away two years ago after a fight with colon cancer.
The decision’s significance has been emphasized by the Academy Award-winning costume designer, who also oversaw the designs for the costumes in the first movie. In an interview with Variety, Carter explained that when T’Challa awakens in the ancestral plane and meets his father, the man is dressed in white. We selected white because it links us to Chadwick and T’Challa. White is a color that is frequently used in funerals in Africa.
Carter’s brilliance is shown to viewers in the teaser for the much-anticipated Marvel blockbuster. In the opening scene, a legion of Wakanda’s inhabitants, all clad in white, are led through the streets by Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and her daughter Shuri (Letitia Wright). Shuri is shown holding the Black Panther mask in stunning cinematography, its color standing out against the sea of white behind her.
The cast and crew of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever have made it plain that they want to pay tribute to the late hero as a new, as of yet unidentified, persona takes his legacy in the panther suit forward. Ryan Coogler, the film’s director, recently discussed how, after grappling with Boseman’s passing, he almost gave up on creating movies entirely. He said the following in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “I reached a point where I said, “I’m leaving this company.” Because it hurt so much, I wasn’t sure whether I could ever do another movie let alone another Black Panther at all.” The late award-winning actor’s personal commitment to the role, though, was what ultimately motivated him to move through with the project.
The project’s teasers haven’t been bashful in hinting that T’Challa’s death would be a primary emphasis, even though finer narrative specifics have been stashed safely away in the metaphorical Marvel vault. Now that T’Challa has passed away, it is evident that Wakanda will grieve his passing. However, his passing also leaves the nation open to a number of dangers, including Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and his undersea realm Talocan. It won’t be long until MCU fans can finally see Boseman’s legacy celebrated in full-theatrical splendor as the movie’s release approaches.
Below is the trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: