Chadwick Boseman’s brother says that the late would have wanted Marvel Studios to recast the role of T’Challa for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
It was announced late last year that Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman had tragically passed away after privately dealing with cancer. The star left behind an iconic, fulfilling legacy as T’Challa, one of the most memorable heroes Marvel has ever put on screen. Since Boseman’s passing, Marvel Studios has been careful to not alter the star’s legacy. Production on the Black Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever is currently in motion, though the studio has made the distinct decision not to recast T’Challa.
Marvel Studios’ stance was further cemented earlier this year when exec Nate Moore confirmed that the studio would not be recasting Chadwick Boseman. While some have agreed with the decision, others have argued that the character is bigger than Boseman and that it should be recast. Boseman’s brother, Derrick, also believes that T’Challa should be recast.
Speaking to TMZ, Derrick Boseman said that he thinks Marvel Studios should go ahead and recast T’Challa. The brother of the late star also said that Chadwick would have wanted the studio to tap another star to take over the Black Panther mantle. Derrick says that his brother believed the character of T’Challa was bigger than him and that relegating the role to just one person would undermine the positivity the character has helped create. Derrick even says that by killing the character off-screen robs youth of a superhero they can look up to.
It’s a tough call and there aren’t any right or wrong answers. Marvel Studios is moving forward with not recasting T’Challa, though it’s unclear how exactly they’ll handle the Black Panther mantle in the upcoming sequel.
Here is the synopsis for the first Black Panther film:
After the death of his father, the king of Wakanda, young T’Challa returns home to the isolated high-tech African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king – and Black Panther – is tested when he’s drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, he must release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on July 8, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding Black Panther’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content!