Marvel’s Nate Moore opens up about not recasting T’challa in Black Panther 2

Shortly after the beloved Chadwick Boseman’s passing in August 2020, Marvel confirmed they were not recasting his iconic T’challa character, though they were still moving forward with the sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Production has been under way since late June, with Marvel setting a November 11, 2022 release date, with Marvel’s VP of Development, Nate Moore, opening up about the decision not to recast Boseman after he passed from colon cancer.

Moore made it quite clear that fans, ‘will not see T’Challa in the MCU 616 universe,’ the primary timeline for the events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, adding, ‘We couldn’t do it,’ during an appearance on The Ringer-Verse podcast.

No recast: Shortly after the beloved Chadwick Boseman’s passing in August 2020, Marvel confirmed they were not recasting his iconic T’challa character, though they were still moving forward with the sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Opening up: Production has been under way since late June, with Marvel setting a November 11, 2022 release date, with Marvel's VP of Development, Nate Moore (above), opening up about the decision not to recast Boseman after he passed from colon cancer

Opening up: Production has been under way since late June, with Marvel setting a November 11, 2022 release date, with Marvel’s VP of Development, Nate Moore (above), opening up about the decision not to recast Boseman after he passed from colon cancer

When Boseman passed last summer, filmmaker Ryan Coogler had been working on the script, with Moore revealing they had to decide how to proceed within minutes.

‘When Chad passed, it was a real conversation we had with Coogler about, “What do we do?” And it was a fast conversation. It wasn’t weeks, it was minutes of we had to figure out how to move that franchise on without that character,’ Moore said.

‘Because I think we all feel so much of T’Challa in the MCU on the screen… is tied to Chadwick’s performance,’ Moore added.

Proceed: When Boseman passed last summer, filmmaker Ryan Coogler had been working on the script, with Moore revealing they had to decide how to proceed within minutes

Proceed: When Boseman passed last summer, filmmaker Ryan Coogler had been working on the script, with Moore revealing they had to decide how to proceed within minutes

Moore acknowledged it’s been ‘hard’ to craft the story for the sequel without the actual title character, but he still added, ‘at no point did we consider recasting.’ 

‘So the challenge for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is telling a story without T’challa. I think it’s a challenge we’re up for,’ Moore said.  

He added that they are, ‘in the middle of it’ right now,’ but he mentioned, ‘so far, what we’re getting is great.’

No point: Moore acknowledged it's been 'hard' to craft the story for the sequel without the actual title character, but he still added, 'at no point did we consider recasting'

No point: Moore acknowledged it’s been ‘hard’ to craft the story for the sequel without the actual title character, but he still added, ‘at no point did we consider recasting’

While he acknowledges the movie chiefly has to ‘entertain people,’ Moore added he thinks, ‘there will be a level of ‘catharsis’ in returning to Wakanda without seeing Black Panther.

‘As filmmakers and storytellers, you have to figure out how people are going to feel going into your movie and what you want that movie to say about that guy who’s not going to be in your movie,’ Moore added.

No specific story details have been given for the sequel, though Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said it was, ‘very emotional’ starting filming on the sequel without Boseman.

Catharsis: While he acknowledges the movie chiefly has to 'entertain people,' Moore added he thinks, 'there will be a level of 'catharsis' in returning to Wakanda without seeing Black Panther

Catharsis: While he acknowledges the movie chiefly has to ‘entertain people,’ Moore added he thinks, ‘there will be a level of ‘catharsis’ in returning to Wakanda without seeing Black Panther

Emotional: No specific story details have been given for the sequel, though Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said it was, 'very emotional' starting filming on the sequel without Boseman

Emotional: No specific story details have been given for the sequel, though Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said it was, ‘very emotional’ starting filming on the sequel without Boseman

‘We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud,’ he added of the sequel.

Returning from the original 2018 Black Panther are Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi),  Winston Duke (M’Baku) and Martin Freeman (Everett Ross).

The sequel will also introduce Ironheart, a.k.a. Riri Williams, a young Black girl who creates a new Iron Man suit, played by Dominique Thorne. 

Returning: Returning from the original 2018 Black Panther are Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia, left), Letitia Wright (Shuri, right), Daniel Kaluuya (W'Kabi), Winston Duke (M'Baku) and Martin Freeman (Everett Ross)

Returning: Returning from the original 2018 Black Panther are Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia, left), Letitia Wright (Shuri, right), Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi), Winston Duke (M’Baku) and Martin Freeman (Everett Ross)

Ironheart: The sequel will also introduce Ironheart, a.k.a. Riri Williams, a young Black girl who creates a new Iron Man suit, played by Dominique Thorne

Ironheart: The sequel will also introduce Ironheart, a.k.a. Riri Williams, a young Black girl who creates a new Iron Man suit, played by Dominique Thorne

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