‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’: Ruth E. Carter pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman through costumes
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Ruth E. Carter is a costume designer and has worked on such productions as ‘Babysitter’, ‘Malcolm X’, ‘Friendship’, ‘No Exit’, ‘The Butler’, ‘Selma’, ‘Kidnap’, ‘ The King of Zamunda’ or ‘Black Panther’, a film for which he won his first (and so far only) Oscar. Carter has returned to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for his sequel, ‘Wakanda Forever’, and in an interview with Variety during the celebration of the Youth of the Year Gala of the NGO Boys & Girls Clubs of America, he explained how two tributes can also be made with clothing, in this case to actor Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020 for colon cancer.
In ‘Wakanda Forever’ the color white has two meanings, on the one hand it connects with the African tradition and on the other pays tribute to Boseman after his death: “When T’Challa wakes up and sees his father, he is dressed in white”Carter explains, “White is a color that is used in many funerals in Africa, it can be either bright red or white, and we chose white because it connects with Chadwick, with T’Challa.”
With the loss of Boseman, a new hero or heroine will become the Black Panther, and while Carter has been very careful not to reveal who will wear the suit, he has given new details about the changes that have been applied: “We did a very careful study of how we make this person a superhero without changing them that much. […] East [nuevo traje] has silver and gold elements whereas our beloved Chadwick Boseman’s suit was all silver, so that already makes it that much more glamorous for the wearer.”
The godfather of superheroes
In an interview with Total Film, Nate Moore, producer of ‘Black Panther 2’, compared what we can expect from it with a complete film classic, ‘The Godfather of Francis Ford Coppola: “This sounds crazy, but I’m going to say it. There’s a bit of a mobster movie in it. There’s a little bit of… ‘The Godfather’… sounds like I’m going crazy, but… There’s this warring families thing. Because this movie is very much about Wakanda finding an equal in Namor’s world, Talocan.”
“But these two isolationist nations, which are incredibly powerful, probably more powerful than any other nation in the world, are going to figure out how they can coexist.”continues the producer, “The movie is very much about Wakanda opening its borders to some extent, and impacting Namor’s world in unexpected ways. Namor comes to Wakanda with a proposal that’s not unlike, you know, one of the five families that comes with a proposal. And Wakanda has to figure out how to deal with this world power that, frankly, isn’t afraid of it at all.”
‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, which hits theaters this coming November 11, will be the closure of Phase 4 of the MCU and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ will open Phase 5.