Chadwick Boseman was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. However, the Black Panther movie is a multi-billion dollar and it most assuredly will move forward with some kind of recast.
It is rumored that Marvel Studios is opting to kill T’Challa off and move forward with his younger, brainy sister, Shuri played by Letitia Wright, as the new Black Panther and Queen of Wakanda.
Shuri becoming the new Black Panther is not far-fetched at all. In fact, in the comics Shuri is currently the Queen of Wakanda as T’Challa abducated the throne to rule over the city of Necropolis and she has in the past ruled in his stead when he was incapacitated.
Shuri, unlike her older brother who is more of a hand to hand combatant, prefers to use advanced technology as well to assist her in her role as a sovereign and superhero. Shuri also is not the first woman to take over a title traditionally held by a male superhero. Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster, temporarily became the new Thor, Riri took on the role of Iron Man until she settled on Ironheart, Speedy and Robin’s sidekick roles have been filled by women before, and Green Arrow’s daughter–in multiple universes–has succeeded him to become the Emerald Archer.
Shuri becoming the new Black Panther also follows a motif of female led movies and television shows. Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman’s success in the box office proves there is a major market for female superhero movies. There are so few roles of this kind with a Black woman in the lead and it is much needed. The MCU can definitely use a bigger dose of Black Girl Magic! Now if they can just deliver Storm to us somehow..
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