It sure seems like composer Ludwig Göransson puts as much work into his music as anyone else in Hollywood. Whether it’s on the big screen with Black Panther, Creed, Tenet, or on the small screen with The Mandalorian and spinoff The Book of Boba Fett, there’s no doubting the little bit extra he seems to imbue this music with. In the case of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, that’s even more so the case, as you’re about to find out. I recently had the chance to hop on Zoom with him during the movie’s press day, talking all things composing. Today, you can see my conversation with Göransson, in all its glory.
In my rave review of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (found here), I had this to say about the sequel:
Filmmaker Ryan Coogler, directing a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, does yeoman’s work here. While the below the line talent, including composer Ludwig Göransson, raises their game (Autumn Durald Arkapaw steps in as cinematographer and does excellent work as well) from the already impressive work on Black Panther, Coogler had a nearly impossible task. How could he and Cole find a new tale to tell, while honoring Boseman and T’Challa, but still delivering an epic blockbuster for Marvel? By leaning in and embracing the pain, but never letting it be the sole focus, he threads a very thin needle quite deftly.
Below, you can see my chat with Göransson. We had limited time, as you might expect, but I do think that we made solid use of it. I was fascinated to hear about the research he does for his scores, not just with Black Panther and its sequel, but with Creed, and so on. I’ll let him speak for himself, but it goes without saying that his work on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is more than a cut above.
Here now is my interview with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever composer Ludwig Göransson. Enjoy:
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is in theaters everywhere now!