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‘John Boyega should be the next Black Panther’: Fans Divided Over John Boyega and Letitia Wright after Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Hints Shuri as T’Challa’s Successor

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In recent years, one of the most impressive revelations in the Star Wars franchise is not related to the plot of its movies, but it’s got a lot to do with John Boyega’s performance as Finn in the three successive movies. That popularity has resulted in Black Panther fans nominating him as the next T’Challa.

Boyega first broke through into the movie industry for his performance as Moses in Attack the Block. This further earned him the role of a new Star Wars character that was introduced in The Force Awakens and the two following sequels. He is now a major candidate to replace Boseman as T’Challa in the upcoming Black Panther movie.

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Boyega posing for a photo

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Looks Like The New Black Panther Is Shuri

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the upcoming sequel to the first movie based on the Marvel character for the MCU. But it sadly won’t be featuring the late Chadwick Boseman, who passed away after a long and tough battle with colon cancer.

Boseman’s death was truly unexpected, even Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and the movie’s director Ryan Coogler were unaware of his illness with the latter already having written lines of dialogue for Boseman.

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The new Black Panther

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There was, however, a plan to make T’Challa’s sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) take on the mantle that T’Challa held. This actually happens in the comics too, and it looks like it’s manifested into the sequel.

The latest trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever gives us an inside look at the movie. One of the most notable shots from the trailer comes at the end where we see a black figurine, with a feminine physique, descending from a steep height. As the camera pans towards its face, we can see the Black Panther suit in full style.

The black figurine is most definitely the new Black Panther or could be someone else. But if it’s Shuri in that suit, the movie is faithfully following the source material.

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Fans Wanted John Boyega As Black Panther Instead

One of the biggest reasons why Marvel decided to go against replacing Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in the MCU was because of the fear that fans of the late actor might be outraged.

Another reason was to avoid the unhealthy comparison between actors that spawns toxic debates about who better portrayed the character and so on.

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Boyega in The Force Awakens

But a new popular name in the movie industry has been the subject of attention from Black Panther fans, largely because he fits the profile of T’Challa.

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The Force Awakens star John Boyega, who got the chance to debut a new character, a former Stormtrooper called Finn, into the franchise has been the name on the mind of Marvel fans. He is a new favorite to take on the mantle of Black Panther, and fans are pretty vocal about it-

We get you-

A bit sexist don’t you think-

Accent plays a huge role in portraying characters-

This fan art is begging to be turned into reality-

John Boyega currently has a big schedule in front of him this year, with movies like They Cloned Tyrone and the sequel for Attack the Block yet to start filming.

Working on a Marvel project, especially one that’s done with post-production seems unlikely for the 30-year-old actor, although he may have done it secretly!

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is slated for a theatrical release on November 11, 2022.

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Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is a content writer for Fandomwire with over 300 published articles. He now has 3 years of experience and counting in content writing. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University.