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    Ryan Coogler Said That Making "Black Panther 2" Without Chadwick Boseman Is "The Hardest Thing"

    "I'm still currently going through it."

    The world continues to mourn late actor and Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman as work begins on the Marvel blockbuster's sequel.

    Chadwick Boseman holding his helmet in the film Black Panther
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    Director Ryan Coogler — who wrote and directed Black Panther and will do the same for Black Panther 2 — recently talked about working on the film while processing the loss of Boseman.

    Ryan Coogler at the D23 Expo in 2019
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    "I'm still currently going through it," Coogler said on a recent episode of the podcast Jemele Hill Is Unbothered. "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."

    Boseman with his arms raised in Black Panther
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    He continued, "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."

    Boseman in Black Panther
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    Coogler also said, "I'm trying to find a work-life balance. But I'm not there yet, so this is without a question the hardest thing I've had to do in my professional life."

    Boseman shirtless and holding a spear in Black Panther fight scene
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    He told Hill that losing Boseman "hurts and stings" but also said, "I'm also incredibly motivated that I got to spend time with him. You spend your life hearing about people like him. For this individual, who is an ancestor now, I was there for it."

    Boseman standing next to a structure that's on fire in Black Panther
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    Coogler said, "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."

    Boseman doing the 'Wakanda Forever' salute as fighters stand behind him in Black Panther in Avengers: Infinity War
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    Boseman's final film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, is streaming on Netflix now. He was recently awarded a posthumous Golden Globe for his performance, and you can bet he'll likely get an Oscar nomination, too.

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