Black Panther was a groundbreaking and record smashing hit movie that brought a whole new generation inspiration, but the world took the loss of the star with extreme heartache.
The death of actor Chadwick Boseman had fans of the MCU wondering how the future would play out for the Black Panther franchise. Everyone had obviously expected to see the iconic Chadwick Boseman back in the leading role of T’Challa in the sequel (titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), but fans have come to accept that Boseman is irreplaceable.
The movie will have returning stars such as Danai Gurira in her memorable character of Okoye. As shooting rumors began, fans have been hearing rumblings of M’Baku taking over the Black Panther mantle to T’Challa’s son showing up and Erik Killmonger somehow being brought back. One thing that executive producer and Vice President of Development Nate Moore recently made clear, however, was that we’ll never see T’Challa in the MCU again without Boseman here to play him.
“I will say the chances that you see T’Challa in our…I’m not hedging my bets, I’m being quite honest: you will not see T’Challa in the MCU 616 Universe,” he confirms in the video below. “We couldn’t do it. When Chad passed, it was a real conversation we had with [Ryan] Coogler about, ‘What do we do?’ It was a fast conversation. It wasn’t weeks. It was minutes of we have to figure out how to move that franchise on without that character.”
“At no point did we consider recasting,” Moore later noted. “The challenge of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is telling a story without T’Challa.”
The lack of having the beloved character missing from the film hasn’t killed curiosity for the sequel however. The biggest replacement rumor involved Letitia Wright Shuri as taking over the main storyline. That has come into jeopardy now that she has her controversial take on the COVID-19 vaccine, there are those who believe the character’s role will now be reduced somewhat.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to be released on November 11, 2022.
MCU VP of Development Nate Moore puts to rest any discussion about recasting the character of T’challa as Black Panther. Says he talked with Ryan Coogler about it, and “we just couldn’t do it” more on @RingerVerse. T’challa is gone guys you agree or no? pic.twitter.com/MYoWKyqlmF
— Van Lathan Jr (@VanLathan) November 14, 2021