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Petition calls for resurrecting Black Panther despite death of actor Chadwick Boseman


Signed by more than 48,000 people, the text implores the management of Marvel Studios to continue bringing the character T’Challa to life with another actor.

What future for Black panther ? A year after the death of Chadwick Boseman, the T’Challa of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films and the hero of the historic feature film released in 2018, the prospect of seeing the first great black superhero disappear from Disney blockbusters worries the most diehard fans of the character. In support of an online petition signed by more than 48,000 people, the brother of the late actor thus spoke out in December for the introduction of a new T’Challa and the continuation of the adventures of Black Panther. A prospect dismissed by the management of Marvel Studios.

“If Marvel Studios were to make T’Challa disappear, it would be to the detriment of the public (especially boys and black men) who saw themselves in him”, pleads the petition launched in April 2021 by the American critic Emmanuel Noisette, known as E-Man. “T’Challa was the very first black superhero in mainstream comics, he specifies about the importance given to this figure. He’s also the very first main black character in the MCU who isn’t a supporting character. So T’Challa literally made black history. ”

A female Black Panther?

The enthusiasm of some of the audience, however, is not shared by the management of Marvel, who were working on the second film. Black panther at the time of the surprise death of Chadwick Boseman in August 2020, killed at 43 from colon cancer. “You won’t see T’Challa anymore, we just couldn’t do it, underlined last November the producer Nate Moore, in an interview with the American media The Ringer. When Chad passed away we had a real conversation with Ryan coogler (the director of Black panther and its sequel, Editor’s note) to find out what we were planning to do. And it was a quick conversation. ” The reason given is simple: it invokes respect for the person and the performance of Chadwick Boseman in the title role. “I think we all have a feeling that a lot of T’Challa in the MCU onscreen – and not in the comics – has to do with Chadwick’s performance.”, said Nate Moore.

Therefore, the second film Black panther, reworked urgently following the death of Chadwick Boseman, will highlight the entourage of the King of Wakanda, rather than the eponymous hero, supposed to still be alive in the universe of the Marvel films. Baptized Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the feature film expected for November 2022 will be notably portrayed by Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright. Respectively the lover, the general and the sister of T’Challa. The breeding ground for a future female Black Panther, failing a new extra straight out of a parallel world?

“We don’t want to prevent other characters from taking on the Black Panther costume… But this is the role of T’Challa”, fiercely supports Emmanuel Noisette in an interview granted Tuesday to Los Angeles Times . T’Challa is important and deserves his stories to continue to be told ”. The disaster scenario? Watch the movie Wakanda Forever cause the character to die again, who had already disappeared – for a time – in Avengers: Infinity War. On the contrary, the American critic wants to see the character live his own life, from incarnation to incarnation. “That’s no problem when it comes to popular white characters, like James bond, Spiderman or others, laments Emmanuel Noisette. It is not fair. We should have the same opportunities. ” Marvel Studios being used to cinematic surprises, it may be worth not selling the panther skin before seeing it again in the cinema.

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