Erik Killmonger actor Michael B. Jordan delves into keeping his fan-favorite character’s appearance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever a secret.
Erik Killmonger actor Michael B. Jordan talked about keeping his scene in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever a secret.
During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jordan was asked about how hard it was to maintain his cameo’s secrecy. Jordan answered that it was tough, due to the passing of original franchise star Chadwick Boseman. “And [director and co-writer] Ryan Coogler had such a tremendous task in front of him to evolve the script and the story in a way that still kind of honored Chadwick, but move the franchise forward as well,” added Jordan. “So for me to be able to come back and I had to really keep it under wraps, you know?” Jordan also revealed that since he was also filming Creed III at the same time, it was easier for him to “be able to bounce around from studios” as both movies were shot in Atlanta, but his role in Wakanda Forever was still hard to not talk about.
This isn’t the first time Jordan has spoken about having to avoid spoiling his cameo, as he previously explained that he had to “lie to everybody” about it. “When you’re dealing with Marvel and stuff like that, you know the routine, so you just gotta deny, deny, deny, deny, deny until the end of it,” he concluded.
Wakanda After Losing King T’Challa
As for Wakanda Forever itself, Coogler explained why the original Black Panther T’Challa couldn’t be killed in battle. According to Coogler, if T’Challa’s death was caused by someone else, then his sister, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new Black Panther Shuri, would have looked for his killer. The production team wanted it to be a more internal situation.
Coogler also discussed the film’s original plan, which involved T’Challa meeting his son Toussaint and exploring the former’s return from the Blip, recalling, “The first scene was an animated sequence. You hear Nakia talking to Toussaint. She says, ‘Tell me what you know about your father.’ You realize that he doesn’t know his dad was the Black Panther. He’s never met him, and Nakia is remarried to a Haitian dude. Then, we cut to reality and it’s the night that everybody comes back from the Blip. You see T’Challa meet the kid for the first time.”
Regarding future cinematic outings, Shuri actor Letitia Wright stated that Black Panther 3 is being developed. However, this has not been officially confirmed by Marvel Studios.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives on Disney+ on Feb. 1 and gets its physical release on Feb. 7.
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