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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Writer Reveals Who Almost Took Over Title Role

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In a recent interview, the writer of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever revealed that several characters were considered to take on the Black Panther title.

Following the death of actor Chadwick Boseman in 2020, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had to undergo a few changes, the biggest obviously being which character Black Panther would become within the MCU. Both the cast and higher-ups at Marvel agreed that the role shouldn’t simply be changed, so one of the characters who were already present had to take over the role and, according to a recent interview with Rolling Stonewriter Joe Robert Cole addressed which characters were considered (spoilers below the video for who the new Black Panther is).

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In the end, T’Challa’s younger sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), takes over. “We’d brainstorm ideas and try to extrapolate where the story is going and what’s the most impactful choice – what’s the best journey?” Cole explained when she was asked about the decision. “And where do you go after the movie in terms of those characters. M’Baku was certainly someone who got kicked around a bit.”

When Rolling Stone noted that Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) would have been a good choice as well, Cole also noted, “That got slammed! Her name got slammed for sure.”

Cole also made it clear that there was never any talk of a CGI Boseman being able to fill the role in any capacity. “I don’t think anyone felt it would be appropriate,” the writer said.

In GameSpot’s review of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, we gave the film an 8/10, saying that it “delivers a beautiful, if uneven, tribute to one of the MCU’s greatest heroes.

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