Excitement for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which hits theaters on November 11, is stratospheric. The first film in the “Black Panther” franchise was one of the biggest hits in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, grossing $700 million at the domestic box office and $1.3 billion worldwide. It also became the first comic-book movie nominated for best picture at the Oscars.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” will follow as the titular fictional nation attempts to move on after the death of Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, in what is no doubt a story of art imitating life given the actor’s passing. Boseman died in 2020 after a private battle with colon cancer.
“Taking on a sequel was definitely in the cards of course from the jump… but, you know, the loss of our leader, our king, our brother Chadwick…I was too consumed with that to even think about the sequel component,” actress Danai Gurira told us in a Her Agenda interview.
The sequel, which pits the nation of Wakanda against Namor and the undersea nation of Talokan, stars Gurira, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Dominique Thorne, Florence Kasumba, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Mabel Cadena, Alex Livinalli, Martin Freeman and Angela Bassett.
Watch above as we chat more with Gurira to learn more about her experience on the project and the continued legacy of the franchise.