In the run up to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, fans couldn’t stop speculating as to who might be the new protector of the African nation of the same name, as there were so many feasible options. Of course, as we all know, Marvel ultimately went for the obvious move by having Shuri take over from his brother. But were other contenders seriously considered? Well, that’s hard to answer as a key crew member has made some conflicting comments.
Producer Nate Moore recently sat down with Yahoo! Entertainment and claimed that the “only conversation” he had involved Shuri as the second Black Panther. Moore explained, “Calling out M’Baku or Okoye or Nakia felt a bit like throwing darts at a dart board to me… And Letitia Wright pulls it off.”
That’s all well and good, but it seems to conflict with what Moore said earlier, when he revealed that another character came very close to donning the vibranium suit.
In previous comments on this topic, Moore admitted that he, director Ryan Coogler, and the team would “discuss ideas” about the next Panther while trying to identify the “most impactful option.” As Moore noted at the time, “M’Baku was certainly someone who got kicked around a bit.”
Now, however, Moore seems to be downplaying these spitting sessions as mere gossip while painting Shuri as the only real option to step into T’Challa’s shoes. It looks like we’ll have to wait for Coogler or other members of the cast and crew to offer their input on the matter to build a clearer picture of what went on behind the scenes.
But hey, at least the movie gave M’Baku an exciting new career opportunity anyway, since the ending of the movie suggested that he could take the throne of Wakanda while Shuri hangs out in Haiti with Nakia and her never before seen couple nephew.