Unreleased Black Panther Footage Included on Disney+ Show
“Black Panther” fans worldwide said goodbye to the beloved Chadwick Boseman who played King T’Challa in August after he passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer. But his role as Black Panther will appear on Disney+ for us to get another glimpse of our favorite Wakanda King.
The late actor will be seen as Wakanda King T’Challa in the Marvel anthology series “What If…?” which is premiering on Disney’s streaming service Disney+ in the Summer of 2021.
According to Marvel Studios President Kevin Fiege, Boseman made it onto the set of the upcoming series a few times before he died and his presence as Black Panther will be included in the series.
“[Boseman] came in about four times and recorded numerous episodes,” Feige said during an interview with Emmy Magazine. “In hindsight, it’s very moving.”
Boseman is still helping to create history even from the grave as “What if…?” is Marvel’s very first animated series. Inspired by a comic book of the same name, “What If…?” will bring a new perspective to the franchise by exploring pivotal moments from the Marvel characters and asking what if things were different. For instance, “What if Peggy Carter was the one who became a super soldier?”
According to SyFy Wire, Boseman’s episode will answer the question, “What if T’Challa became Star-Lord instead of Peter Quill?”
Fiege also let on that Boseman’s character will not be recast for the Black Panther II sequel. Fiege said, “[Boseman’s] portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past, and it’s for that reason that we will not recast the character. However, to honor the legacy that Chad helped us build, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”
Fiege added, “I wanted to acknowledge the devastating loss of a dear friend and member of the Marvel Studios family. Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally.
Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Production Victoria Alonso doubled down on the consensus that Boseman’s character will not be replaced with a digital double.
“There’s only one Chadwick, and he’s not with us. Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking a little time to see how we return to the story, and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really,” she said. “Because Chadwick was not only a marvelous human being every day that we spent together the five years we spent together, but it also seems to me that as a character what he did elevated us as a company, and has left his moment in history.”
Black Panther II, with director Ryan Coogler returning, will come to theaters on July 8, 2022.
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