After the untimely death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020, Black Panther 2 had been in shambles losing their titular star and everyone was in shock with what happened to him. After a year, his brother, Derrick Boseman, speaks up on the issue of having to recast T’Challa and he said that his late sibling would’ve wanted a new actor to take the part.
Marvel Studios has released a statement before of having no intentions to recast T’Challa in Black Panther 2 after the death of Chadwick Boseman but recently, in an interview with TMZ, Chadwick’s brother, Derrick, said that the character plays a huge role in the Black Panther franchise and that Chadwick thought of T’Challa as “bigger than just himself as one guy.”
Derrick added that the power of having a Black king, a superhero in a Marvel movie, has a really big impact, especially on African-American youth. His image is an important character for Black kids seeing a role model in him. However, Chadwick never really stated what his plans for the character is once he passed.
With all the drama surrounding Letitia Wright’s Shuri, a petition has been set up by movie reviewer Emmanuel "E-Man" Noisette on Change.org and they sent to Marvel their petition to recast T’Challa, one which the VP of Production and Development of Marvel Studios, Nate Moore, answered that there would be no more T’Challa in MCU 616 which is the current universe in the franchise, and that they could not replace Boseman.
Indeed, many had been affected by the untimely passing of Chadwick Boseman losing his fight against colon cancer. The world froze in shock upon learning the news and with the inspiration that he built over the years in various movies, especially in Black Panther, the king lives forever in the hearts of many.
Still, moving on is part of the process. As Iron Man have said in Avengers: Endgame, “Part of the journey is the end. Everything’s gonna work out exactly the way it’s supposed to.” Whether Marvel would recast T’Challa is definitely on the hands of the studio. In the end, Chadwick Boseman left a legacy so big, it transcended beyond his death tenfold.
Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for release on November 11, 2022.