Marvel Studios originally had plans for a What If…? spin-off focused on Star-Lord T’Challa prior to Chadwick Boseman’s passing.
What If…? marked Chadwick Boseman’s final performance as T’Challa. In the series, Boseman appeared several times as Black Panther, and mainly as the alternate version of the character who took on the Star-Lord role. In an interview with Variety, director Byan Andrews reflected on Boseman’s work on the series:
“Chadwick had recorded his Star Lord T’Challa stuff early. But we had those later episodes that he appeared in sporadically, and it was a long stretch before we got him [again]. And it was not long after the final recording that he passed. I think it was maybe just a few months, or a month. None of us knew, obviously. But we got him in time to have everything [for Season 1]. I think he was also trying to make an effort because T’Challa was so important to him – and also this new version of Star Lord T’Challa was so important to him. He dug it.”
As Marvel Studios’ first animated series comes to an end, we already know that we will be getting another season of What If…? down the line. Andrews later revealed in the interview that there were plans for a What If…? spin-off series centered on Chadwick Boseman’s Star-Lord T’Challa before the actor passed away:
“I don’t know if he knew this, but there was planning to have Star-Lord T’Challa spin off into his own show with that universe and crew. We were all very excited. We know he would have loved it, too. And then, you know, he passed, and so all that’s in limbo. So, who knows? Maybe one day.”
Here is the synopsis for Marvel’s What if…?:
“Exploring pivotal moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turning them on their head, leading the audience into uncharted territory.”
Marvel’s What If…? features the voices of Josh Brolin, Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Michael B Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Jeffrey Wright, Hayley Atwell, and other major stars from the MCU.
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