From day one, a huge chunk of Marvel movie fans have been screaming for the role of T’Challa to be recast, but the entertainment juggernaut has remained steadfast in its decision to not recast the titular Black Panther.
By Justina Terhember
After Chadwick Boseman died in August of 2020 following a private battle with colon cancer, fans have been divided about whether or not his legendary role of T’Challa in Black Panther should be recast. And while Marvel execs have insisted that T’Challa won’t be seen in the MCU again, Boseman’s brother has other ideas.
Derrick Boseman told TMZ that his late brother would have wanted the character to be recast, because he knew that T’Challa is bigger than just one man.
As Derrick put it, Chadwick understood the power of the character and the power of young kids seeing a Black superhero. He believes Marvel letting the character go would mean kids wouldn’t get that role model.
The ongoing discussion about T’Challa’s place in Black Panther has even spawned a petition, which fans hope capture the attention of those in charge of the franchise moving forward. The petition is steadily approaching its latest goal of 45,000 signatures, as of Tuesday.
Just last month, Marvel’s VP of Development, Nate More, told the Ringer-Verse podcast that T’Challa is not being considered for any future MCU projects in the near future.
“We couldn’t do it,” More said. “I will say, when Chad passed, it was a real conversation we had with Coogler about ‘what do we do?’ And it was a fast conversation. It wasn’t weeks, it was minutes of, ‘We have to figure out how to move this franchise on without that character.’”
More continued, sharing that “so much of T’Challa in the MCU on the screen, not the comics, is tied to Chadwick’s performance,” and that attempting to replicate that magic isn’t something the folks at Marvel—or Coogler himself—are up for. Both Disney and Kevin Feige previously shared that Boseman’s character will not be played by another actor.
“So as hard as it is narratively to figure out what to do because that’s a big hole, at no point did we consider recasting him,” Coogler said. “So the challenge for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is telling a story without T’Challa.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, starring Letitia Wright, is currently in production.
I’ve seen ‘Spawn’ movie concept suits – Jamie Foxx
A Spawn reboot may finally see the light of day, with actor Jamie Foxx saying that he has seen concept suits for the comic book character. He was asked in an interview if he has seen a costume for the film, leading to a surprising answer. “I’ve seen a lot of concepts,” he reveals. “Because Todd, what he does it, every single day he’s doodling and he’s fixing and he’s doing some things that, to me, I think is gonna be like way out when you see it. And how he crafts that cape and how that cape becomes almost like – I’ll say this – as big as the screen that you’re watching.”
A live-action Spawn reboot seems to have been talked about for decades since a sequel to the 1997 release was cancelled. Creator Todd McFarlane has teased the film on multiple occasions throughout the years, with actor Jamie Foxx recently sharing news that may mean the film is much closer to a release than anticipated.
MacFarlane has said he wants the reboot to be rated R, which would be reminiscent of the 2019 R-rated release ‘Joker’, which went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.
Foxx thinks those working on the film are ready for their turn. “But it starts in a way that is so cool. And it’s not big budget, you know? And that’s what I love about it. It’s sort of like how when they did the Joker. And so, we’re just like, just getting this right, cooking it right, but staying in contact, keeping the energy going and when we lay it on you, there’s gonna be some moments where you go ‘oh man’.”
More developments are expected at New York Comic-Con in October. Regarding an announcement, McFarlane told CBR at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, “We were debating whether to make a big announcement because we’ve been adding pieces to it here at San Diego. So all the parties that were involved, we had the conversation: ‘Do we make the announcement here or do we wait and keep our gunpowder dry until New York Comic Con?’ And we eventually said we’ll do it at New York.”
‘WandaVision’ director in talks to direct ‘Fantastic Four’
Marvel Studios appears to be one step closer to finalizing plans for the highly anticipated “Fantastic Four” reboot, with news that “WandaVision” helmer Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the project, Variety has confirmed.
At the San Diego Comic-Con in July, Marvel boss Kevin Feige teased the movie, which is currently slated to debut on Nov. 8, 2024, revealing that “Fantastic Four” would kick off Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Jon Watts, who helmed all three of Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man” films, had previously been announced as the “Fantastic Four” director, but exited the project in April. Rumors that Shakman had been tapped to take the job hit the internet earlier this week, with the choice heralded by fans given the director’s successful piloting of the Disney+ series.
For his work on “WandaVision,” Shakman landed an Emmy nomination for outstanding directing for a limited or anthology series or movie, as well as a nod in the outstanding limited or anthology series category as an executive producer on the series. Shakman is also an Emmy nominee for his directing work on Hulu’s “The Great.”
DC’s troubles continue as ‘Aquaman 2’ and ‘Shazam! 2’ shift dates
Surprising only a few, ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ and ‘Shazam!: Fury of the Gods will land in theaters later than planned. Per a Variety report, Warner Bros. announced a slew of release date changes on Wednesday, pushing the ‘Aquaman’ follow-up from March 17, 2023 to Dec. 25, 2023.
The ‘Shazam!’ sequel will open on the date previously occupied by Jason Momoa’s undersea hero. The story about Zachary Levi’s Billy Batson was originally set for Dec. 21, 2022. This means ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ will debut a few days after Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ spinoff ‘Rogue Squadron’ (Dec. 23, 2023).
Meanwhile, ‘Shazam!: Fury of the Gods’, initially set to face off against James Cameron’s ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’, is now top dog over its new opening weekend.