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Marvel Says Black Panther Will Never Be Recast In The MCU

Marvel Says Black Panther Will Never Be Recast In The MCU

"So much of T'Challa on the screen is tied to Chadwick Boseman."

Chadwick Boseman’s impactful portrayal of King T'Challa of Wakanda in the Marvel movies will never be replaced with another actor, Marvel has confirmed. Executives have doubled down on their previous affirmation that Boseman will be the only Black Panther on the silver screen. 

Black Panther is the first Marvel Studios film that had a Black director and a predominantly Black cast, and as a result, a lot of fans were finally seeing someone who reflected them in a major comic book character brought to life. When Boseman passed away from colon cancer in August 2020, the news was deeply shocking and tributes poured in from all over the world. 

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“You come across some people in life that possess an immortal energy, that seem like they have existed before, that are exactly where they are supposed to always be — here! ... that seem ageless... Chadwick was one of those people,” said actor Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakia.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to release in 2022, with characters like Nakia, Okoye, Shuri, M’Baku and Everett Ross returning as well as the introduction of Riri Williams or Ironheart. While Kevin Feige confirmed that T’Challa would not be recast in the next film in order to “honour the legacy” of Boseman, Marvel’s vice president of development Nate Moore appeared on the RingerVerse podcast to explain the company’s stance on recasting the character given the imminent future of the franchise.

"I'll say the chances that you see T'Challa in our - I'm not hedging my bets here, I am being quite honest. You will not see T'Challa in the MCU 616 Universe. We couldn't do it," he said. "When [Chadwick] passed, there was a real conversation we had with [director Ryan] Coogler about what do we do, and it was a fast conversation.

“It wasn't weeks, it was minutes of discussing how we move this franchise forward without this character because I think we all feel so much of T'Challa on the screen is tied to Chadwick Boseman,” continued Moore. "As hard as it is narratively to figure out what to do next because that's a big hole, at no point did we consider recasting. The challenge for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is how to tell a story without T'Challa, and it's a challenge we are up for.”

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Topics: Marvel, Disney, TV And Film