Fans of Black Panther might be in for a surprise. Following the emotional Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which honored the late Chadwick Boseman, there are rumors that the Black Panther mantle might not be retired after all. Instead, the character might return with a new actor!

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Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in the titular movie (Credits: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

While some fans are excited about a new Black Panther, others aren’t sure how they feel about this news. Especially since Kevin Feige vowed to respect Chadwick Boseman’s legacy.

Marvel Might Recast Chadwick Boseman’s Role, Despite Kevin Feige’s Promise

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Kevin Feige at San Diego Comic Con International (Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore)

According to MCU Scooper (a source known for leaking Marvel news), there’s a chance T’Challa could be played by a new actor sometime after the upcoming movie Secret Wars. This contradicts what Marvel boss Kevin Feige said before.

Speaking to Empire in 2022, Feige praised Chadwick Boseman‘s performance. The actor tragically passed away in 2020, just 10 months before filming began for the sequel. Feige explained on the character’s recasting, saying, “It just felt like it was much too soon to recast.” This fit with how fans felt after the emotional Wakanda Forever.

This decision also aligned with what Marvel’s VP of Development Nate Moore told the Ringer-verse Podcast in 2021, “I’m being quite honest, [we] will not see T’Challa in the MCU.” He confirmed there would be no recast and no digital recreation of Boseman’s character.

Even the movie focused on Wakanda itself and how the nation moved forward while keeping T’Challa’s legacy alive. It respected Boseman’s contribution and continuing the story of this powerful African nation.

Fans Divided Over Possible T’Challa Recast in MCU

Ryan Coogler directing Chadwick Boseman on the set of Black Panther
Ryan Coogler directing Chadwick Boseman on the set of Black Panther (Credits: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

The news about Black Panther franchise possibly bringing back T’Challa has surprised many fans. Marvel Studios hasn’t explained this change of heart, but some fans believe it might be because enough time has passed since Chadwick Boseman’s death.

Others think Marvel might have a special story planned that requires T’Challa’s character. This news has caused mixed reactions among fans. Check out some fan reactions:

Some are excited about the chance to see a new actor play the role and explore new stories for the character. They’re eager to see T’Challa’s journey continue.

However, others are hesitant. They’re not sure if another actor can measure up to Boseman’s iconic performance. They worry that the rumored recasting of T’Challa might take away from the emotional impact of Wakanda Forever. 

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