28 Sep - Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently spoke about the upcoming "Black Panther" sequel, aptly named "Wakanda Forever", stating that they intentionally decided not to recast the role of T'Challa, which was played by the late Chadwick Boseman.
In a recent interview, Feige, who addressed the movie, insisted that Boseman needed to be honoured in the second movie, instead of having another actor playing his part.
"It just felt like it was much too soon to recast. Stan Lee always said that Marvel represents the world outside your window. And we had talked about how, as extraordinary and fantastical as our characters and stories are, there's a relatable and human element to everything we do," he said.
"The world is still processing the loss of Chad. And Ryan poured that into the story."
Feige also admitted that following Boseman's passing in August 2020 from colon cancer, he and director Ryan Coogler discussed the next step in continuing the story of the Black Panther.
"The conversations were entirely about, yes, 'What do we do next? And how could the legacy of Chadwick - and what he had done to help Wakanda and the Black Panther become these incredible, aspirational, iconic ideas - continue?' That's what it was all about," Feige said.
The upcoming movie, which sees the return of original stars like Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba, Angela Bassett and Martin Freeman, is set to be released in theatres on 11 November.