A leaked behind-the-scenes video of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever seems to hint that King T’Challa will be killed off. Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther in the first film, tragically passed away from cancer in 2019.
Disney has been vague about future Black Panther projects. The company hasn’t stated if it intends to keep T’Challa alive in the movies. It was previously reported that T'Challa would live off-screen. Instead of killing the character, the Black Panther mantle would simply be passed on.
f this leak is anything to go by, it looks like Disney is moving on with the series, but will still pay its respects to the hero in a special way.
Black Panther writers have struggled
Considering Black Panther was wildly successful, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the franchise will continue going forward. While no concrete story elements have been announced, it was rumoured that the sequel has had six unique scripts and is currently on its fifth rewrite.
There were also rumours that co-star Letitia Wright, who played Shuri, could step into the leading role. As T’Challa’s sister, it would make sense for her to take over running the kingdom of Wakanda. However, one thing we do know is that T’Challa won’t be the primary focus as the leaked video shows what could be a memorial.
The Throne Room
A leaked video on Twitter shows a rebuilt throne room. One major difference, a huge monument with text that translates to “T'Challa, Our Hero, 'Twas An Honor, Wakanda Forever." Considering T’Challa’s death in Avengers: Infinity War it would make sense to write into the sequel. On the other hand, this could see the beloved King being laid to rest for good?
Disney might have the character’s death play out on screen, or it could end up just explaining the events. Whatever the outcome, we can almost guarantee there’s going to be an incredibly emotional scene at some point Wakanda Forever, so get your tissues at the ready.
It will be sometime before we see Wakanda Forever in the cinemas, as shooting on the film has only just started in the past few months. Fans can expect to see the film release July 2022, barring any further COVID delays or issues.