Ryan Coogler sat down with the folks at Jemele Hill is Unbothered podcast, where he talked about the challenges he has been facing since the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
The Black Panther director spoke about what it’s been like forging ahead on the second Black Panther now that Boseman is gone.
“I’m still currently going through it,” Coogler said. “One thing that I’ve learned in my short or long time on this Earth is that it’s very difficult to have perspective on something while you’re going through it. This is one of the more profound things that I’ve gone through in my life, having to be a part of keeping this project going without this particular person who is like the glue who held it together.”
While Coogler is devastated by the loss of his friend, he cherishes the time they spent together. “You spend your life hearing about people like him,” he said. “For this individual, who is an ancestor now, I was there for it. It’s such an incredible privilege that fills you up as much as it knocks you out. So often as Black people, we have to pick up the pieces after loss.”
Black Panther 2 is slated to come out on July 8, 2022.