Marvel has no future plans to replace Chadwick Boseman‘s T’Challa in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. The studio said they didn’t spend much time discussing the future of the character after Boseman’s death. It was an easy decision.
Vice-president of development at Marvel Studios, Nate More, recently talked to the Ringer-Verse podcast. Moore said that the studio has zero interest in replacing Boseman in the role of T’Challa. The character may eventually exist in a different version of the MCU, but not this particular segment of the multiverse.
“I am not hedging my bets here, I am quite honest. You won’t see T’Challa in MCU 616. We couldn’t do it. When [Chadwick] passed away, there was a real conversation we had with [Ryan] Coogler on what we would do, and it was a quick conversation. It wasn’t weeks, it was minutes of discussing how we’re going to move this franchise forward without this character because I think we all feel like a lot of T’Challa on screen is tied to Chadwick Boseman.”
Of course, the loss of T’Challa doesn’t preclude a Black Panther from existing in the current MCU. Marvel is known to have different characters take on the role of the same hero. It wouldn’t be uncommon for a character like Shuri (Letitia Wright) taking over the mantle. This move would likely prove unpopular due to talk of Wright spreading anti-vaccine views on the set of the second Black Panther film.
With some fans upset that Marvel would even consider recasting the role, even if it’s a different character, the studio faces a difficult task. They have an enormously popular hero and the established artistic precedent to replace them with almost any other character. Chadwick Boseman’s beloved portrayal of T’Chala as Black Panther is unreplaceable for many fans.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is slated for release on November 11, 2022. Until then, everything is just speculation and fan theories. Regardless, nothing Marvel does with the property could possibly take away from the brilliant performance by Chadwick Boseman in the first movie.
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