With just a few months until the release of one of the most anticipated films of the year, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed why he and Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler decided against rewriting T’Challa after the death of Chadwick Boseman.
“It just felt like it was way too early for a rewrite,” Feige said Rich Magazine. “Stan Lee always said that Marvel represents the world outside your window. And we’ve talked about how, as extraordinary and fantastic as our characters and stories are, there’s a relatable and human element to everything we do. The world is still processing the loss of Chad. And Ryan let that flow into the story.”
Feige said once he and Coogler made a decision, they talked about honoring Boseman Wakanda forever.
“The talks were all about, yeah, ‘What do we do next? And how could the legacy of Chadwick and what he did to help Wakanda and the Black Panther become these incredible, ambitious, iconic ideas continue? That’s what it was about.”
Shortly after Boseman’s death, it was announced that his role as T’Challa would not be recast. In conversation with the ringer verse Podcast last year, Marvel vice president of development Nate More spoke about how the studio had no plans to recast T’Challa.
“You won’t see T’Challa in the Earth-616 universe,” More said. “We couldn’t. I’ll say when Chad died, it was a real conversation we had with Coogler about, “what are we going to do?” And it was a quick conversation. It wasn’t weeks, it was minutes where, ‘We have to figure out how to continue this franchise without this character.'”