The late franchise hero Chadwick Boseman was pleased about the inclusion of the kingdom of Talokan in the follow-up film, according to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler. 

Boseman made his acting debut in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 as T’Challa, also known as the Black Panther.  

In 2018, he went on to star in Black Panther, a tremendous hit that solidified Boseman’s standing as a star of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was changed to focus on mourning the loss of the actor and his character after Boseman tragically passed away in 2020 from colon cancer. 

Director Ryan Coogler revealed Boseman’s thoughts on the appearance of the Talokanil people in the Black Panther sequel during an interview with EW for the Around the Table video series.  

The filmmaker claims that Boseman was “fired up” by the prospect of such Indigenous representation and was aware of the plans to include Namor and his country in the MCU.  

The MCU has previously come under fire for its lack of diversity, especially in Phases 1 and 2, where each film is dominated .

and the characters of color that do make an appearance are restricted to assisting their white counterparts.

Additionally, Captain America: Civil War dabbled in certain problematic and worn-out clichés and used the suffering of Black people and communities  as a way to advance the story. 

Since the release of the first Black Panther, the MCU’s feature films have undergone a substantial demographic shift outside of Disney+.