When actor Chadwick Boseman died in 2020 after a battle with cancer, the world lost a diamond, and the vacuum he left was felt all over the world. Boseman rose to notoriety after his portrayal of Wakanda’s King ushered in a new era in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and made him the poster hero for black youngsters and people everywhere. As a result, when he died, the question of T’Challa’s fate emerged.
During a podcast interview in November, Marvel vice-president Nate Moore announced that the franchise has decided not to recast T’Challa due to a difficult decision. The #RecastT’Challa movement emerged as a result of this announcement, which was not what fans wanted to hear. The addition of Chadwick Boseman’s brother’s signature to the petition gave fuel to the cause, with the call to recast greater than ever.
Derrick Boseman, Chadwick Boseman’s brother, has spoken out in support of the fan campaign to have the legendary ‘Black Panther’ role T’Challa remade. The function that his late brother previously filled is still very important and holds cultural significance for Black people all around the world. Youth all throughout the world finally had a superhero they could identify to and idolise; therefore carrying on his legacy is crucial.
Derrick told TMZ that he believes his brother would have preferred that the character be recast in order to advance the plot. He informed them that he believes T’Challa should continue in the ‘Black Panther‘ franchise; and that if it means bringing in a new actor to play the king of Wakanda, then be it. He went on to explain that Chadwick understood the character’s potency and beneficial influence; and that eliminating T’Challa from the MCU is simply robbing black children of a role model.
Derrick believes hip-hop glorifies certain social evils and that there aren’t many positive influencers for young black youngsters these days. Marvel, on the other hand, has a chance to offset this by bringing back T’Challa; whom he sees as a symbol of Black people’s potential. Fans agree wholeheartedly and have been lobbying for this action for quite some time. If the character of King of Wakanda were to be recast; these are the people they’d want to see portray him.
A fan commented, “i just hope they pick the right person when they recast #BlackPanther”. Another fan weighed in saying, “Replying to@MyTimeToShineH Sean Patrick could be the next #BlackPantherWakandaForever #BlackPanther2 #BlackPanther #RecastTchalla”. A tweet read, “Lookswise, Trevante Rhodes could work. Or maybe even an unknown talent? But yeah, I’m with you. It’s so hard and a little painful to imagine anyone but Chadwick in the role. He’s our Forever #BlackPanther.”