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The MCU Will Never Recast Black Panther's T'Challa, Says Producer

MCU producer Nate Moore confirms Black Panther lead T'Challa won't ever be recast for the franchise. Coming off 2019's Avengers: Endgame, the future of the MCU seemed clear. As beloved heroes like Iron Man and Captain America made their exits, the franchise would then turn to the next generation of characters, which included Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa. He'd already appeared in a handful of MCU movies, one of which being his solo movie Black Panther. The Ryan Coogler-directed film was an unprecedented success for Marvel, and T'Challa's future onscreen was bright.

However, in the wake of Boseman's tragic death last year, plans have had to change. Boseman passed away in August 2020 after a years-long fight with colon cancer; the news came as a devastating shock to both fans and those who worked with him across Hollywood. Even now, people are still reeling, especially as production continues on the Black Panther sequel (appropriately titled Wakanda Forever). Many have wondered how Black Panther 2 will choose to address Boseman's absence, with all signs so far pointing to T'Challa dying offscreen. Marvel boss Kevin Feige previously said T'Challa would not be recast for the movie.

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Now producer Nate Moore is echoing Feige's comments and reiterating that T'Challa won't get recast ever. Speaking to Van Lathan Jr. on the Ringer-Verse podcast, Moore spoke about the early discussions that arose with Coogler following Boseman's passing last year and confirmed there are no plans to hire someone else to play T'Challa. Moore said:

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. We couldn't do it. I will say, when Chad passed, it was a real conversation we had with Coogler about 'what do we do?' And it was a fast conversation. It wasn't weeks, it was minutes of, 'We have to figure out how to move this franchise on without that character.' Because I think we all feel so much of T'Challa in the MCU on the screen, not the comics, is tied to Chadwick's performance, is what he brought to that role, on and off screen, I would argue. So as hard as it is narratively to figure out what to do because that's a big hole, at no point did we consider recasting him. So the challenge for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is telling a story without T'Challa.

Production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever started up this summer. Though the movie is scheduled for release in November 2022, the movie has endured a few delays due to on-set injuries for star Letitia Wright. Plot details are still being kept under wraps, though it has been revealed that Coogler reshaped the story following Boseman's death. All those involved with Black Panther 2 have shared their determination to honor Boseman's legacy in a respectful manner, suggesting the movie will be a thoughtful tribute to the late actor.

This includes not immediately looking for someone to step into his shoes. Though some fans might wish to see more of T'Challa in the MCU, particularly since his story really only had just begun, it's a better move to leave the character untouched. As Moore pointed out, Boseman brought something special to the part of T'Challa, something that extended offscreen and touched audiences in special ways. Black Panther wouldn't have been the same without him, and to recast his character would be to ignore all he did for the franchise. Sadly, this means T'Challa's arc is at an end, but at least those at Marvel are planning on honoring him as best as they can.

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Source: Van Lathan Jr./Twitter

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