If you ever feel antsy and find yourself constantly wondering about what to expect from an upcoming MCU movie, the LEGO sets will never fail to reveal the biggest details. People have been wondering about who would take up the mantle of the Black Panther since Chadwick Boseman’s passing, and the trailer only sparked more curiosity.
The newest LEGO build, named Shuri’s Sunbird ($49.99), includes the ship that Shuri will most likely be using in the upcoming film and features a Minifigure of Shuri in what looks like the Black Panther suit. The Wakanda Forever build is 350 pieces and includes Minifigures of Nakia, Ironheart MK1, and Attuma.
When news broke in 2020 that the Black Panther sequel started filming, fans everywhere were concerned that the film’s director, Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), recast the role of T’Challa/Black Panther to keep the character’s story going. In an Empire feature, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recalled the conversations he had with Coogler surrounding the recasting of the massively impactful superhero role and felt that it was “much too soon.”
Boseman died at the age of 43 of colon cancer in August 2020 and filming for the sequel started only 10 months later. His death was a sudden shock to everyone, as he kept his terminal condition a secret from many people and continued to do amazing work as T’Challa/Black Panther. His absence from the project was felt deeply, and Feige and Coogler had to find a way to continue the story of the Black Panther without disrespecting Boseman’s legacy and effort he had already put into the Wakandan hero. Feige had this to say:
“Stan Lee always said that Marvel represents the world outside your window. And we had talked about how, as extraordinary and fantastical as our characters and stories are, there’s a relatable and human element to everything we do. The world is still processing the loss of Chad. And [director] Ryan [Coogler] poured that into the story. The conversations were entirely about, yes, ‘What do we do next? And how could the legacy of Chadwick – and what he had done to help Wakanda and the Black Panther become these incredible, aspirational, iconic ideas – continue? That’s what it was all about.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be in theaters on November 11, 2022.
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