Falcon and the Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie says Marvel cannot reprise Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, citing the actor’s stellar performance.
Anthony Mackie thinks it would be wrong for Marvel to recast Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. Boseman made his debut as T’Challa in 2016 Captain America: Civil War. His Black Panther quickly became a fan favorite in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially after the character’s solo movie in 2018. Black Panther It was adored by audiences and critics alike, even becoming the first superhero film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Boseman went on to star Avengers: infinity war and Avengers Endgame. Sadly, this latest film featured its last Marvel appearance – Boseman passed away from cancer in August 2020.
Since the actor’s death, there has been a lot of conversation about Black Panther’s legacy and how central Boseman was. Nevertheless Black panther 2 is currently in the works and will be released in 2022, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has made it clear that Boseman will not be recast as T’Challa. Instead, the next film (and presumably any future installment in the franchise) will honor the actor as he explores the other characters and the vibrant world of Wakanda. That comes with its own challenges, of course, with returning director Ryan Coogler calling to work on. Black panther 2 “the most difficult thing I have had to do in my professional life.“
Appearing on the podcast Jemele Hill doesn’t bother, Mackie, who is currently starring in the Disney + movie The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, spoke about his relationship with Boseman, speaking warmly of the actor and his acting. When asked if he thought Boseman would want a remake of his Black Panther role, Mackie said:
No, you cannot recast it. I mean, he did that role in a way that will never be done again. And I would hate for an actor to have to take over from him because there is no question that he was a dynamic figure and an incredible actor. And just looking at the reaction to Black Panther, there is no one who can bring grace to that role he did. So I wouldn’t want to see Anthony Mackie as Black Panther; that would be horrible.
There is no question that the respectful thing is to leave Black Panther as is, a sentiment that Marvel thankfully agrees with. However, Mackie makes a great additional point about how perfect Boseman was in the role. He brought warmth and humor to T’Challa despite the immense responsibility the character had as the King of Wakanda. It’s hard to imagine another actor capturing all of that, especially after Boseman’s performance was so beloved.
Rather than recasting Boseman as Black Panther, it’s easy to imagine T’Challa’s sister Shuri taking on a bigger role. Letitia Wright was a standout from the first movie, even leaving her mark on the crowd Avengers: infinity war and Avengers Endgame. Shuri taking up her brother’s mantle in some way may be the perfect way to honor Boseman and Black Pantherlegacy. However, more information on Black panther 2The story likely won’t come out until the movie nears its release date.
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