Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of the Black Panther / T’Challa superhero has become a part of pop culture and has been hailed for representing his community. Boseman’s tragic death in 2020 shocked the world, the actor died after a long battle with colon cancer. Before his death, Boseman was set to reprise his role in the sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but after his death, Marvel Studios decided not to recast T’Challa.
A fan by the name of Emmanuel Noisette filed a petition to recast T’Challa earlier this year, which has already gathered more than 47,000 signatures. Fans also tend to #SaveTchalla and #RecastTchalla as they urge Marvel to continue Boseman’s legacy.
Fans urge Marvel to recast T’challa after Chadwick Boseman’s death
According to SlashFilm, MCU Director Kevin Feige said at a press conference, “Chadwick Boseman was an extremely talented actor and an inspiring person who has affected all of our lives professionally and personally. His portrayal of T’Challa le Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past. And that’s why we won’t be recasting the character. However, to honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the King of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film. ”
Following the announcement, fans urged studios to recast another actor for the role of Black Panther. The late actor, Derick Boseman, told TMZ he believed Chadwick wanted his character, T’Challa, to live in the MCU and that he always believed the character to be taller than him. Fans have now taken to the microblogging site Twitter to urge the studio to reverse their decision.
One user wrote: “It is sad that Marvel is considering killing T’Challa after Chadwick Boseman worked against cancer to bring him to the MCU. And it is disrespectful to Chadwick’s family who confirmed he would have wanted the role to be recast rather than canceled. #RecastTChalla to #SaveTChalla. “
It’s sad that Marvel is considering killing T’Challa after Chadwick Boseman worked against cancer to bring him to the MCU. And it’s disrespectful to Chadwick’s family who have confirmed that he would have wanted the role recast rather than canceled. #RecastTChalla at #SaveTChalla https://t.co/dXvNVxbkmU
– Knicky Barrett (@ JuliusHandles7) December 27, 2021
Another user wrote: “T’Challa was not Chadwick Boseman’s best role or best performance. It was just his most visible and earned him the recognition he already deserved. Recognition that others have received from others. Underrated black actors in Hollywood need it. T’Challa lives with the means Chad’s name lives on. #RecastTchalla. ”
T’Challa was not Chadwick Boseman’s best role or best performance. It was simply his most visible and earned him the recognition he already deserved. Recognition that other underrated black actors in Hollywood need. T’Challa Alive means Chad’s name lives on. #RecastTchalla pic.twitter.com/A80tnmMfRY
– T’Challa: The Black Panthers Facts (@ Ekie0) December 27, 2021
For 2 years, I have been on the #RecastTChalla train because I think the character is just as important as the man who brought him to life. We should give others a chance to honor the man and the character
– Ju Ju! (@Straw_Hat_Dingo) December 29, 2021
Image: Instagram / @ chadwickboseman
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