Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talks about the company’s decision not to select a new actor to play T’Challa in the film ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ following the death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020. In an interview with Empire, the executive explains that the change happened a long time ago.
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Comparing his approach to Marvel’s long-standing ethos in the comics, he told Empire, “It looked like it would be restarting too soon.” “Stan Lee always said that Marvel represents the world outside your window. And we talked about how, as extraordinary and fictional as our characters and stories are, they are a part of everything we do. There is a relatable and human element. The world is still processing the loss of Chad. and Ryan. [Coogler, the director] put in the story.”
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Feige continued: “The conversation was totally, yeah, ‘What do we do next? Feige explains. “And how could Chadwick’s legacy — and what he did to help Wakanda and Black Panther become these incredible, aspirational, iconic ideas — continue? That was all.”
Chadwick Boseman passed away on August 28, 2020, at the age of 43 from colon cancer. The feature film should pay tribute to the actor. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” opens in theaters on November 11.