When it comes to upcoming Marvel projects, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the one in the most precarious positions of any in Phase 4. It has to deal with the loss of Chadwick Boseman, and it has to do so in a way that respects the late actor, the audience, and the story. It's not going to be an easy task.
This is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, so the show must go on. There's no denying that the final product that fans get next summer is going to be vastly different than what may have been planned prior to Boseman's passing. Through the tragedy, however, all hope is not lost.
Ryan Coogler wouldn't still be on the project if he wasn't confident in the film he is making—a process he declared was one of the hardest things he's had to do in his entire life. Other cast members have also shown hope and faith that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will not only be a great film, but will make Boseman proud.
In that light, the team at Marvel Studios has found an addition to the movie's crew that should make the process run smoothly in her department.
BLACK PANTHER FINDS ITS CINEMATOGRAPHER
According to Discussing Film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has found its cinematographer in Autumn Durald.
Durald is known for her recent and current work on Marvel's Disney+ show Loki, in which she served as cinematographer on all six episodes.
She is also known for Max Minghella's Teen Spirit, Emma Forrest's Untogether, and By Russo-Young's The Sun Is Also a Star. Durald also has experience with various music videos, having done work for high-profile artists such as The Weeknd.
Also of note, Autumn Durald replaces director Ryan Coogler's long-time collaborator Rachel Morrison, who shot the first film.
A FRESH LOOK OF WAKANDA
This new change in cinematographer isn't all too surprising. Recently, Rachel Morrison, the cinematographer of the first Black Panther film, shared her uncertainty about returning to the sequel. Thankfully, it wasn't due to any ill will, but rather to the various schedule changes, with this timetable not lining up with other commitments she had lined up.
Production for the next adventure in Wakanda has just begun, so hopefully, fans will start to hear more details about what to expect sometime soon. At the very least, it would seem that Namor is set to make his MCU debut in the film, presumably alongside the fictional nation of Atlantis.
There's no doubt that the film is going to be an interesting journey with even Martin Freeman talking about how he thought the plot was 'odd' at points. However, don't be quick to translate that as a bad thing—it simply means that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is likely going to shape up to be one of the most unique endeavors that Marvel has pulled off.