“Black Panther 2” star Lupita Nyong’o recently suggested plans for the “Black Panther” sequel changed dramatically after the passing of lead actor Chadwick Boseman.

‘Black Panther 2’ without Chadwick Boseman

Nyong’o told Yahoo! that the experience on set for “Black Panther 2” has been different than the experience of the first film because the new movie is being made without Boseman.

  • “People will ask me, ‘Are you excited to go back?’ Excitement isn’t the word. I feel like I’m in a very pensive and meditative state when it comes to ‘Black Panther 2.’ His passing is still extremely raw for me,” she said. “And I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be like to step on set and not have him there.”
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She added that director Ryan Coogler changed his idea for the film in the wake of Boseman’s death.

  • “And his idea, the way which he has reshaped the second movie is so respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world. So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this,” she said. “And hopefully, what I do look forward to, is getting back together and honoring what he started with us and holding his light through it. Because he left us a lot of light that we’re still going to be bathing in. I know that for sure.”

Why ‘Black Panther 2’ never stopped filming

Coogler, the director, told The Hollywood Reporter that he felt Boseman would want the cast to keep filming the new “Black Panther” film, even if he couldn’t be a part of it. Coogler said his experience working with Boseman taught him that Boseman never wanted the work to stop.

  • “I know Chad wouldn’t have wanted us to stop. He was somebody who was so about the collective,” Coogler said.
  • He added, “Even though he was going through what he was going through, he was checking in on them, making sure they were good. If we cut his coverage, he would stick around and read lines off-camera. So it would be harder for me to stop. Truthfully. I’d feel him yelling at me, like, ‘What are you doing?’ So you keep going.”

Marvel fans also demanded that Marvel keep Boseman as the only Black Panther character, warning Marvel not to recast the character, as I wrote for the Deseret News. It’s unclear if Marvel will ever do that, but Marvel Studios did say at the time of Boseman’s death that he “will always be our king.”