The loss of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman has caused Marvel to rethink their approach to the movie’s sequel. Since the studio has promised not to recast Boseman as King T’Challa, the upcoming Wakanda Forever story will have to pass on the mantle without featuring T’Challa. As Marvel has also promised that T'Challa won't be killed off, that's quite a challenge.
According to Black Panther actress Angela Bassett, that challenge is proving to be a tricky one. At the time of writing, Wakanda Forever is currently going through its fifth rewrite.
Wakanda Forever has been rewritten a lot
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bassett explained that there's a cloud of mystery surrounding the project. In Wakanda Forever, Bassett will be returning in the role of Queen Ramonda, T'Challa and Shuri's mother. However, she's unsure what the majority of the film will even be about.
“I don't know what it's going to look like at all,” the actress told Entertainment Tonight.
Furthermore, the actress explained that the movie has already gone through five versions, and another is on the way. She said:
“There have been about five incarnations of the script and I hear another one's coming."
The movie will honor Chadwick Boseman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has three goals. The movie must continue the Black Panther story, pass on the mantle and not kill T'Challa. Back when the movie was announced, Marvel made it a priority to not kill of Chadwick Boseman’s T'Challa or recast him.
While we don't know what direction the sequel will take, Bassett explains that it will honor Boseman. She said:
“Of course, with our dear king going on to glory, a lot of things had to be shifted and changed, so thankfully, Ryan [Coogler] and Joe Robert Cole, they're just such masterful storytellers that they've found a way into this world and hopefully it will be satisfying, I think, for the fans and it will be honorable of our Chad. We love our king."
Boseman's final MCU appearance is still unreleased. The actor returned to the role for Marvel's What If before his unfortunate passing. That show releases on August 11th.