Marvel’s VP Confirms No Recasting Black Panther’s T’Challa in Main MCU

Now it’s confirmed: fans won’t see T’Challa portrayed by any other actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, at least as far as Earth-616 goes. (The Star Lord T’Challa, as seen on TV in What If…?, exists in a different universe.) In a recent interview with Ringer-Verse,  the Vice President of Production & Development at Marvel Studios, Nate Moore, stated that recasting the character following Chadwick Boseman’s death is not an option.

“I’ll say the chances that you see T’Challa in our – I’m not hedging my bets here, I am being quite honest,” Moore said. “You will not see T’Challa in the MCU 616 Universe. We couldn’t do it. When Chadwick passed, there was a real conversation we had with Coogler about what do we do, and it was a fast conversation. It wasn’t weeks, it was minutes of, ‘We have to figure out how we move this franchise on without that character.’ I think we all feel so much of T’Challa in the MCU on the screen, not in comics, right, is tied to Chadwick Boseman.”

You can watch part of the interview here below.

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Boseman died in August 2020 following a long, private battle with cancer. While the fate of Boseman’s character seems set in stone, the same can’t be said for Black Panther. Someone else will likely pick up the mask of Wakanda’s vigilante. The short-list possibilities include Shuri, T’Challa’s younger sister. Many answers will come in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is currently on hold due to an injury to leading star Letitia Wright.

Do you think that not recasting T’Challa is the right thing to do? Let us know in the comments.

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