‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ celebrates diverse culture and heritage, while continuing to deliver the action-packed thrill of its previous films
“I’m going to make it simple. I’m going to make [it] so that they can love it and they will love it,” says Oscar-winning writer/director Ryan Coogler, following the official panel for his upcoming film “Black Panther.”
“I’d like for them to walk away and say, ‘I need to see more from this guy,'” the director adds, referring to his own films, “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed.”
It was a strong sentiment brought up at the Marvel Studios panel on Tuesday, which included actors like Chadwick Boseman (who plays the titular superhero) and Martin Freeman, as well as legendary directors such as James Cameron and James Bobin.
The story of the film, as told by Coogler, is that of Wakanda’s rise from the shadows of South Africa’s apartheid government to a nation, in the wake of a devastating alien attack, that is at the forefront of humanity’s struggle for equality, and for the rights of women.
The film is based on the characters and story in T’Challa’s “Avengers” comic series.
“I know what ‘Avengers’ means to our fans and I think that’s how we want ‘Black Panther’ to resonate with people, which is in any story when a villain comes in, and one hero has to step in and they say, ‘This is a great villain! I want to make one up. I want to stand out… and take that stand,'” says Coogler.
“But I didn’t want to do it that way,” he adds. “I wanted to do something that was very simple. I wanted to make it so that they would love it and they would love it, and it’s a story that makes them feel, ‘I need to see more from that guy.'”
Coogler, who won an Oscar for his co-writing and directing