Yes, you read that correctly–Wakanda Forever can thank Ah-nuld and Terminator 2 for some of its core CGI and effects. It’s not like Black Panther needs a touch-up since being nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture–a first for any comic book movie.
Collider’s Steve “Frosty” Weintraub sat down with Ryan Coogler to discuss the Marvel sequel. Inside, they touch upon the finite details of how the James Cameron sequel inspired parts of Wakanda Forever. As the story recounts, Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) was a complex villain with an enlightening backstory and a formidable future that he would take by force.
Much had to be developed in Wakanda Forever’s long-awaited foe, Namor, played by (what appears to be) a fascinating and impressive Tenoch Huerta. To help Coogler unpack the origin story and internal conflicts of the Sub-Mariner’s character arc, he went to one of the best sequels ever to see how his sequel could stand the test of time.
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Ryan Coogler’s “big inspiration” helped him “dig deeply” into the dynamic between Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 and Robert Patrick’s metamorphosizing–and, at the time, total state-of-the-art–T-1000.
There are plenty of other revealing quotes in the interview. We learn how Coogler sees the Wakanda conflict through the Talocan’s point of view. There’s also creating Namor as a particularly brutal and almost heartless villain. Frosty provided cinephiles with a riveting discussion, which is noted below.
Terminator 2 is a big inspiration for this movie. Big time. And you think about what T-1000 wants, and what Arnold Schwarzenegger’s robot wants. They both want John Connor, but T-1000 wants to kill him, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character wants to protect him.
That’s the movie. And I look at it like that and also try to spend time with them. Not too much, you know what I’m saying? But enough that you understand where they’re coming from and that you believe them when they make threats.
Ryan Coogler via Collider Interview, Nov. 2022
If you’re taking notes, Wakanda Forever is not a Phase 5 MCU film. This is the last film of Phase 4 in Kevin Feige’s fiefdom. This one takes us on an emotional journey following the death of King T’Challa. Then, there’s the graceful tribute about the passing of a real-life hero named Chadwick Boseman.
Wakanda Forever opens nationwide on November 11.
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