After the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman, many wondered how Marvel Studios would work to honor the actor's legacy and the impact he had in and out of the MCU through Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Currently, the sequel seems poised to position Letitia Wright’s Shuri as the next in line to take on the Black Panther mantle. An on-set injury sustained during a stunt in August has prevented Wright from partaking in any recent filming, though, so much so that the Wakanda Forever production has been temporarily put on hold.
The Black Panther sequel will also introduce brand-new faces to the MCU, including the likes of Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams. Also set to appear is previous What If…? voice actress Lake Bell, who will seemingly be receiving a live-action MCU role this time around.
Now, a new rumor may indicate how Marvel will continue T'Challa's role in the MCU.
Black Panther 2 Will Introduce T'Challa's Son
According to The Cosmic Circus, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will reportedly introduce T'Challa and Nakia's son.
It is rumored that T'Challa's son will not be taking on the Black Panther mantle in the film due to the character still being relatively young, leaving room for Shuri to take on the title in the MCU sequel.
The actor portraying T'Challa's son is currently unknown, though The Cosmic Circus speculated that the role will be aged up and recast later down the line similar to how Cassie Lang was for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Honoring Chadwick Boseman
Crafting a satisfying continuation for T’Challa in the MCU is a tricky and delicate task for Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, director Ryan Coogler, and all of the other creatives working on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Marvel Studios was adamant that T’Challa would not be recast, which would have run the risk of dismissing all that Boseman brought to the role. Introducing a son for T’Challa seems like a fitting way of honoring everything that has come before without undoing Boseman’s impact entirely.
As mentioned by The Cosmic Circus, the Wakanda-focused Disney+ series seems like the prime place in the MCU to develop T’Challa and Nakia’s son to prepare him for the greatness that awaits. This could then culminate in the child assuming the Black Panther role in the third installment of the franchise or migrating to another corner of the MCU like a Young Avengers project.
However Marvel chooses to continue T'Challa's role in the MCU, it will undoubtedly be in reverence of the impact Chadwick Boseman made with the character.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will release in theaters on November 11, 2022.