Chadwick Boseman‘s performance as T’Challa for the What If…? series originally inspired the second Black Panther film. However, the actor passed away at the age of 43 in August last year after a battle with cancer, which ultimately changed all of the studio’s plans for the film.
In What If…? second episode, we are introduced to a T’Challa who becomes the Star-Lord of Guardians of the Galaxy instead of Peter Quill.
This version of the character is immensely more fun than the original movie version. But, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, Chadwick Boseman would like it implemented in Black Panther 2.
During the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings premiere on Monday (15), Feige recalled when Boseman brought up the idea:
“Somebody’s probably spoken about this already, but he came in, he read the episode that airs whenever it is, 24 hours from now, and then came back and said, ‘I really love this version of T’Challa.’
And we had a conversation after that with Ryan [Coogler, director of Black Panther 2] about how do we get some of this voice – none of the storyline – but just some of that voice into Panther 2.
And now, of course, it is remarkably sad and bittersweet, but I’m very happy we have it, I’m very happy he did it for us, and I’m excited for the fans to see it as well.”
And fans, of course, can watch the What If…?episode, available on Disney+ on 18. August.
Meanwhile, without Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequence for one of the biggest hits of the MCU will feature the returns of Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Martin Freeman.
Filming began last month in Atlanta (USA), according to producer Kevin Feige. There are rumors that Namor (King of Atlantis) would be in Black Panther 2, which may bring a conflict between Wakanda and Atlantis.
However, the information has not yet been confirmed by Marvel Studios.
The film is scheduled for July 8, 2022, promising to honor Chadwick Boseman in various ways.
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