Marvel discussed making other characters into the new Black Panther in Wakanda Forever

It has been revealed that there were internal discussions at Marvel about other characters from the Black Panther franchise inheriting the mantle of Black Panther in the sequel film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. In a new interview Black Panther 2 screenwriter Joe Robert Cole reveals much more insight into the creative process behind the making of the film and all the creative changes that came with the tragic loss of T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman. Of course, one of the biggest changes was Marvel Studios having to find a new character to wear the Black Panther suit – and apparently the decision wasn’t always that simple.

(WARNING – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever SPOILERS FOLLOW!)

In the end, it’s Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) who becomes the next Black Panther, just like she did in the comics at a time when T’Challa was thought to be dead. Indeed, a lot of it Wakanda forever story revolves around Shuri’s process of grieving and growing to become a new Black Panther. However, as Joe Robert Cole tells it, it took some big decisions to get that story going – starting with whether or not to put Wright’s Shuri at the center of the story. When the interviewer mentions fan wish theories such as Winston Duke’s M’Baku becoming the next Black Panther, it is revealed that it was on the table at one point!

M’Baku and Nakia were considered the next Black Panther

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“We’d kick around the ideas and try to extrapolate where the story is going and what’s the most impactful choice — what’s the best journey?” Cole explained Rolling stone. “And where do you go after the movie in terms of those characters? M’Baku was definitely someone who got a little bit of a kick. I think you’re right, because in the comics Shuri is Black Panther and there’s a natural organicity, I “I think this is the best way to put it, to her that she’s going to be Panther. But you’re buying all kinds of ideas. And you just want to make the best decision and do what’s best for the story.”

When a follow-up question brought up the idea of ​​Lupita Nyong’o’s character Nakia becoming the next Black Panther, Cole added that the idea “got kicked around! Her name definitely got kicked around.”

Why hasn’t Marvel recast T’Challa?

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The debate over what to do with the Black Panther character has never stopped, ever since news of Chadwick Boseman’s death broke in August 2020. There has always been an overarching debate over whether or not to recast the T’Challa as a way of carrying the character and his cultural legacy forward; Cole makes it clear that Marvel made the decision to depict reality and have T’Challa die with Boseman, and never look back on it.

According to not Cole, a CGI replacement was never even considered: “I don’t recall any conversations about that. No. I don’t think we ever… I don’t think anyone felt that would be appropriate.”

It is made clear that the young character of Prince T’Challa (who is revealed in the post-credits scene) would become a bigger part of the story when Chadwick Boseman was alive, following the same ideas of succession that we eventually got .

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever now playing in cinemas.

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