Black Panther 2 Won't Recast Another T'Challa
Updated: Dec 13, 2020
Earlier this Thursday, during Disney Investor Day, one of the many announcements of Disney Projects included news about Black Panther 2. And it was confirmed that the role of T'Challa/Black Panther will not be recast. According to Deadline, Kevin Fiege (President of Marvel Studios) had some kind words. “I wanted to acknowledge the devastating loss of a dear friend and member of the Marvel Studios family,” Feige said. “Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally. His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past.”
Feige went on to say, “To honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.” We all know Ryan Coogler is returning to write and direct as well as the main cast members including Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, and newcomer Tenoch Huerta. But further casting decisions have not been made yet and that leads to a lot of speculation. Victoria Alonso addressed rumors of using a digital double for the actor and claimed those rumors were false. So the only other option would be to have another existing character take the mantle of Black Panther.
I have already mentioned in a previous article that I would love them have Michael B. Jordan return as a (spoiler alert) rehabilitated Killmonger back from the grave (I mean it's Wakanda, their tech is so advanced right?). It makes sense from a star power and collaboration (Jordan is Coogler's boy) standpoint but does that make sense narratively? His arc wrapped up quite nicely and for him to return in a flawed hero's perspective might undo what his character meant in the first film. Then again, it could be the inner conflict needed to make for a more interesting Black Panther.
Another option is to have Winston Duke's M'Baku The Gorilla King take the mantle. His character did almost beat T'Challa in ritual combat in the first film. Winston Duke is a rising star and he delivered a very fascinating performance as M'Baku, T'Challa's rival turned ally by film's end. He was also very good in Jordan Peele's Us from 2019 opposite Lupita Nyong'o. Letitia Wright is also a fan favorite option as it makes sense for a monarchy to have a successor be the next of kin. However, Ms. Wright has been in the news recently with her anti-vaccination tweets that forced her to delete all of her social media. The writers could have a T'Challa have a long lost brother or son or they could have another tribe challenge the throne. I'm just spitballing now at this point. There are many options.
What do you guys think about this news? And what do you think they should do about casting the next Black Panther?