The Marvel Cinematic Universe is chock full of individual properties, and Black Panther is definitely a fan favorite. Its sequel Wakanda Forever has been one of the most highly anticipated upcoming Marvel movies in Phase Four. Excitement was buoyed when Rihanna released her first new song in years as part of the movie’s soundtrack. And Black Panther director Ryan Coogler recently spoke about convincing Rihanna to return to new music for the Marvel movie.
While we have a few more weeks until Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Rihanna’s new song “Lift Me Up” has already arrived and broke the internet. This track comes ahead of her upcoming performance at the Super Bowl, with fans of her music thrilled that she’s once again exploring that aspect of her career. Ryan Coogler spoke to ScreenRant about the process of this track coming together for the Black Panther 2 soundtrack, saying:
Looks like the stars really aligned when it came to Rihanna’s involvement in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The 2018 original movie had an outstanding soundtrack, and Ryan Coogler wanted the sequels to do the same. And that includes getting Rihanna in to help bring hew new song “Lift Me Up” to life.
While the contents of Black Panther 2 are being kept under wraps, it seems like it’s going to be an emotional viewing experience. Namely because the story will focus on grief following the death of T’Challa. And given the real-life feelings of the actors who were mourning Chadwick Boseman, the stakes are high. And this meditation about motherhood and loss can be heard throughout Rihanna’s song for the soundtrack.
Later in that same interview, Ryan Coogler further explained why he thinks that Rihanna decided to release her first new track in years on the soundtrack of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. And it seems like the late Chadwick Boseman was a factor, as the filmmaker explained:
How sweet is that? Chadwick Boseman was a real-life hero to many, and it seems like Rihanna did her song partially to honor him. Luckily for the generations of Black Panther fans out there, the wait for the new movie is nearly over. Marketing has been picking up for Wakanda Forever, revealing more thrilling footage from Ryan Coogler’s sequel. As a reminder, you can check out one such trailer below:
There are countless questions surrounding Black Panther 2, and luckily our answers are almost here. Perhaps the biggest was who would be taking on the mantle of the Panther, but the footage definitely seems to be pointing at one character in particular. The trailers have all heavily featured Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda, so it looks like her role will be significant.
As for Rihanna, fans are psyched to see her headline the upcoming Super Bowl show. Fans have been patiently waiting for a new album for years, so seeing her putting a focus on music has been satisfying. Even if the first song is a ballad like Black Panther 2’s “Lift Me Up.” She’s also got a new Savage X Fenty show coming out soon.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11th. In the meantime, check out the 2022 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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