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“We had one Black Male Superhero, and y’all killed him”: Black Panther 2 Leaves Fans Divided, Claim Marvel is Deliberately Not Recasting T’Challa to Make Money From Chadwick Boseman’s Death

“We had one Black Male Superhero, and y’all killed him”: Black Panther 2 Leaves Fans Divided, Claim Marvel is Deliberately Not Recasting T’Challa to Make Money From Chadwick Boseman’s Death

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was released worldwide in theatres on November 11. Not only was it well-received by fans and critics alike, but the movie also played its part in paying a tribute to late actor Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther legacy. While most fans left the theatre feeling satisfied and with full hearts, some weren’t quite accepting of how the story unfolded.

Shuri in Black Panther suit
Shuri in the Black Panther suit

Following the untimely passing of Chadwick Boseman, fans were confused about whether to recast his character or not. The Marvel Studios decided not to recast T’Challa’s character and instead, passed on the torch to his sister, Shuri. This led to the “Recast T’Challa” movement getting reignited as fans believe the character isn’t done with his story just yet.

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“Recast T’Challa” Movement Finds Whirlwind Again

Chadwick Boseman as King T'Challa in Black Panther (2018).
Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa in Black Panther (2018)

Over the opening weekend, the movement to get T’Challa has taken over Twitter, trending through November 12. The movie showed T’Challa dying after suffering from a mysterious disease. Naturally, fans weren’t too happy with the ending Chadwick Boseman’s character was given. They presented a simple argument – how can a superhero born in one of the most technologically advanced countries die from a mysterious disease?

Fans’ resentment towards T’Challa’s ending is quite understandable. While most superheroes go out in a grand gesture towards saving humanity, dying from a mere disease seemed questionable for one of the most beloved superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The movement was further elaborated, stating that the fans didn’t want an immediate recast, nor are they not happy about Shuri donning the Black Panther super suit. It is simply about T’Challa getting to properly complete his story in the universe and to let fans get closure on the character.

T’Challa’s fans made a very valid point by stating that Boseman’s family had stated that the late actor would’ve wanted T’Challa to get recast for future Black Panther endeavors. Boseman himself had stated in interviews that he was proud to have a James Bond-like legacy.

Thus, fans called out Marvel Studios for trying to monetize Boseman’s death and not fulfilling his wishes. Some even weren’t too pleased with the studios for using Boseman’s Twitter account to post Wakanda Forever’s trailer, calling it disrespectful to use his death as an emotional arc.

While Batman, Superman, and other superheroes have still not met their end despite being in the superhero industry for so long, fans were heartbroken to see their one black superhero meeting his end, so quickly. They blamed Marvel Studios for being too emotional in their dealings with the ordeal that they failed to see what fans wanted from Black Panther.

On the other hand, some fans called out the movement stating that the people who knew Boseman up close and personal – the Black Panther cast and crew – were in a superior spot to choose what happens in the film.

Also Read: ‘Wakanda Forever is to Black Panther what Wonder Woman 1984 was to its predecessor’: Fans Call Black Panther 2’s Second Act ‘Absolute, incomprehensible garbage’ – Claim Only the ‘First and last scenes are poignant’

*Wakanda Forever spoilers ahead*

What’s in Store for T’Challa Jr.

Wakanda Forever Prince T'Challa
Prince T’Challa

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Wakanda Forever ended its story with a mid-credits scene showing T’Challa and Nakia’s son, named after the deceased Wakandan king himself.  Fans are now intrigued to see which direction the young boy’s storyline heads off to. While fans desperately do want a T’Challa recast, they might have to make their peace with T’Challa Jr. for now as the MCU is in no mood for a recasting, just yet.

Whether the kid will follow in his dad’s footsteps and take on the throne or not, is a question that can only be answered in the future. Until then, fans can do nothing more than hope that the studios pay attention to their wants.

Source: The Direct

Written by Mishkaat Khan

Mishkaat is a medical student who found solace in content writing. Having worked in the industry for about three years, she has written about everything from medicine to literature and is now happy to enlight you about the world of entertainment. When not writing, she can be found obsessing over supernatural beings through books and TV.