The Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU is indeed one of the most popular franchises in the world, and Ryan Coogler’s BLACK PANTHER is no exception. With the success of winning an Oscar, the audience can’t wait to see this sequel from Wakadanda.
Unfortunately, sad news enveloped fans and colleagues when the main star of BLACK PANTHER, Chadwick Boseman died in the summer of 2020 due to cancer. In response to his death, director Ryan Coogler and his colleagues committed to honoring his legacy in Wakanda Forever, by not changing the cast of T’Challa.
While some are still mourning his passing, some fans would prefer to see T’Challa’s story in the MCU continue with the rest of the actors. For that fans created a petition through Change.org. Right now the online petition is sitting just below its 55,000 goal and is definitely getting a lot of attention from a lot of Marvel fans out there.
1. The effect on the MCU
Despite the huge popularity of the online petition, it’s unclear if anyone from Marvel Studios is taking it seriously. After all, BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER has already started filming and is slated to be released in 2022.
The departure of Chadwick Boseman continues to have an effect on the MCU to a large extent. The late actor had time to repeat his role in WHAT IF…?. The animated film is also Boseman’s last work. Even in the animated series T’Challa continues to be a source of hope and affection for those around him.
Quoted from nydailynews.com, Nate Moore, Marvel VP of Development, said in November that viewers would not see T’Challa in the “MCU 616 universe,” a reference to the main timeline of Marvel comics.
“When Chad died, it was a real conversation we had with Coogler (the director) about, ‘What should we do?’ and it was a quick conversation, It wasn’t weeks, just minutes we had to figure out how to continue that franchise without that character.
Because I think we all felt so much of T’Challa in the MCU on screen… related to Chadwick’s performance.”
2. Comments from Brother Chadwik Boseman
In response to Chadwik’s departure, the eldest brother of the late actor, Derrick Boseman, agreed with the fans’ petition. Quoted from nydailynews.com Derrick Boseman said “If Marvel Studios removes T’Challa, it will be at the expense of audiences (especially black boys and men) who see themselves in him.
That also includes the millions of fans who were inspired by his character as well. By not rearranging, it could hinder the chances of one of the most popular black superheroes to add to their legacy.”
Although Ryan Coogler and the cast of BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER are still keeping the story of the highly anticipated sequel a secret. But they all seem to remain committed to continuing the sequel and still respect Chadwick Boseman.
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER is currently slated to hit theaters on November 11, 2022. In the meantime, you’ll have to be patient as there was a filming break when Letitia Wright got injured on set.