Angela Bassett Reacts to Marvel’s Decision to Not Recast T’Challa in ‘Black Panther 2’. Recently, Angela Bassett spoke with ET’s Matt Cohen about her involvement with 9-1-1 and how she felt about Marvel’s decision to not recast the role of T’Challa in Black Panther II.
Bassett shared, “That’s interesting. Well I had not thought about that idea, but of course it is Wakanda and they are, in terms of technology, they are so far ahead of the rest of the world that they would be able to bring some of that.”
“It’s a tremendous loss but Kevin [Feige] and the Marvel universe and Ryan [Coogler], the director, the writer from before, they are committed to telling [a story] and equally as much as we can, equally planned,” she continued. “So we are looking forward to that. Looking forward to what they come up with.”
Angela also shared that those involved with the film “have to do a major pivot and they are still working on that now because none of us knew anything. Our brother held it really close, really close to the chest, but his legacy, his loss, the love and appreciation that we have for who he was and what he shared with us cannot be [replaced]… It is missed and appreciated and cannot be duplicated. It’s a tremendous honor and, yes, he is completely irreplaceable.”
Disney released a formal statement during the Investor Day events, stating the decision by Marvel Studios as: “Black Panther 2, opening on July 8, 2022, is being written and directed by Ryan Coogler. Honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy and portrayal of T’Challa, the Black Panther, Marvel Studios will not recast the character, but will continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”
Though no plot details for the film have been made public for the Black Panthersequel we do know that Boseman had previously recorded content for Marvel Studios new Disney+ animated series, What If…? and it is now confirmed in a new trailer for the series that those vocal recordings will be used in the upcoming series despite his passing.
Black Panther 2 directed by Ryan Coogler is expected to premiere July 8, 2022 in theaters pending the outcome of the global pandemic. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Marvel!
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