Producer of Black Panther Kevin Feige revealed that they were not thinking about recasting for the late actor’s role in the franchise after actor Chadwick Boseman passed away from colon cancer in 2020. He was 43. Kevin said they would want to tribute to him in the film’s sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The upcoming Marvel Studios movie, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is scheduled for release in November. Ryan Coogler will once again serve as the sequel’s director. Chadwick Boseman, the franchise’s star tragically passed away from colon cancer in 2020, will not appear in the film. Since Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has repeatedly stated that another actor won’t be brought in to play King T’Challa, there has been much debate about how Black Panther: Wakanda Forever would proceed without Boseman. Kevin Feige has spoken on the rationale behind why Chadwick Boseman’s character wasn’t recast, which was initially hinted at in the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Kevin Feige told Empire Magazine, “It simply felt like it was way too soon to recast.” Later on, he explained how the strategy is to stick to the comics that served as the basis for so much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Marvel, according to Stan Lee, is a representation of the world outside your window. And we discussed how everything we produce has a relatable and human component, despite how incredible and otherworldly our characters and storylines are. The loss of Chad is still being processed by society. Ryan then added that to the narrative.”
People started to speculate whether Boseman’s character would be recast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after his sudden passing in August 2020 from colon cancer, which the actor had kept quiet. Before the sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which was shot after Boseman’s passing, was released, fans initiated a campaign for Marvel to honor the actor and character by recasting T’Challa. This effort led to a petition with more than 60,000 signatures. Boseman will be honored in “Wakanda Forever,” despite the actor not having a role in the future film.
“The discussions were solely focused on ‘What do we do next,’” Kevin Feige continued. “And how could Chadwick’s legacy—and his work to make Wakanda and the Black Panther into these amazing, inspiring, and iconic concepts—continue? It all came down to that.”
On November 11, Wakanda Forever, the direct sequel to Black Panther from 2018, will be released in theaters. We were treated to the movie’s first trailer over the summer, which made its debut at Comic-Con. Exclusively for in-person participants, a preview of some movie material was shown at the D23 Expo earlier this month. The Marvel’s Multiverse Saga Phase 4, 5, and 6 titles were covered in detail during the bonus episode of Phase Zero, along with descriptions of the exclusive footage only seen at D23.
During the D23 Expo panel, Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, opened with a performance of “I Can Do This All Day” from “Rogers: The Musical,” which was included in the Disney+ series “Hawkeye.”
Marvel Studios made numerous major project announcements at the D3 Expo 2022, including The Marvels, a film by Brie Lason and Iman Vellani, Captain America: New World Order, and others. The trailer for the new television program Secret Invasion was also shown at the event. Additionally, it was confirmed that Don Cheadle would return as Rodey in Amour Wars. The Marvels ensemble, the actors of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and other MCU celebrities were among the MCU stars that attended the event.
Some of the highlights from the D3 Expo were:
Ironheart: In the “Wakanda Forever” trailer, Riri Williams was briefly visible to viewers, but Marvel also provided a sneak preview of the upcoming “Ironheart” Disney+ series. Kevin Feige hinted that the program will concentrate on the intersection of magic and technology in the segments that showed Riri constructing pieces of the Ironheart armor.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: The first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 5 “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” was discussed on stage by Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Jonathan Majors.
Werewolf by Night: The movie, shot in black and white, is reminiscent of “The Twilight Zone” and vintage monster films from the 1930s and 1940s. The film appears to feature a crew of monster hunters looking for a monster among them, according to an early video released at the D23 Expo.
Secret Invasion: In “Secret Invasion,” a group of shape-shifting aliens called Skrulls are followed as they invade every sphere of Earthly existence. The Skrulls first appeared in the ’90s-set 2018 film “Captain Marvel.”
Loki and Fantastic Four: To display a teaser trailer from the second season, which promises even more mayhem, Kevin Feige enlisted the help of the “Loki” actors.
He declared that “WandaVision” filmmaker Matt Shakman will serve as the official director of the MCU’s “Fantastic Four” feature film.
Wakanda Forever will conclude Phase 4 of the MCU, Feige added earlier this year.