‘Black Panther 2’ writer explains reason behind Wakanda Forever return

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‘Black Panther 2’ spoilers follow.

The writer for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ has explained the reasoning behind a surprise character return in the film.

In the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe feature, Killmonger (Michael B Jordan), the villain from the first film, returned in a brief cameo when Shuri (Letitia Wright) visited the Ancestral Plane.

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Discussing the return of the character, co-screenwriter Joe Robert Cole told Rolling Stone that everyone was “excited” about the plot development.

“We always wanted to have Michael return, and I feel like it was always going to be in the ancestral plane with Shuri having taken the potion,” he revealed. “The question was always: ‘How is it relevant to Shuri’s journey?’

“His journey [in the first film] was about vengeance as well, and anger and frustration – that’s a part of what we tried to lay in with her early on… The idea was to successfully build the stakes for her so that would resonate. So it would feel earned that she would feel that sort of [yearning for] vengeance,” he continued.

It wasn’t just the character’s effect on Shuri that made the scene powerful in the eyes of Cole, with the writer also noting that Killmonger’s view on the titular country was a key message of the scene.

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“[Another thing] I also really loved about the Killmonger scene that we found was his point of view about how he changed Wakanda,” he said. “Killmonger came in and spoke to the question of how Wakanda had not looked out for the globe… So we were able to make that scene not only relevant to Shuri’s character, but also relevant to the nation of Wakanda.”

Jordan also spoke about his surprise reprising of the role, revealing recently that he had managed to keep his cameo a secret: “I had to lie to my whole family,” he said. “See what Marvel had me doing? Lied to my whole family, it’s crazy.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now playing in cinemas worldwide. The first movie is streaming on Disney+.

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