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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-
They shoulda made John Boyega the new Black Panther.
— Boss. (@Salastheboss) September 28, 2022
We get you-
I know it's random and unprecedented but what if John Boyega is the new Black Panther?🥺 #WakandaForever
— Umuntu Wakho (@pesheya_) October 3, 2022
A bit sexist don’t you think-
Shuri is going to ruin the black panther image. We’re gonna get cringe one liners and something to do with women power when she’s in the suit. Chadwick was the only person who could wear it but if they recast it shoulda been john boyega
— Liam Neal (@liamdonttrip) September 26, 2022
Accent plays a huge role in portraying characters-
Hear me out!@JohnBoyega would fit the role of Black Panther perfectly well!!!
You go watch “The woman king”, & you’ll see!
His *African accent is also 👌🏾
— Mr Anthony (@TokunboAnthony) September 22, 2022
This fan art is begging to be turned into reality-
Here’s a concept of John Boyega as T’Challa.
If I could wish for anything, I’d wish for a new T’Challa from another universe to through a portal in #SecretWars.
— Fandom Culture (@FanCultureTalks) October 4, 2022
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.