How Marvel REALLY Feels About #RecastTChalla
Since the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman, there has been a lot of talk about the future of the Black Panther franchise. Mostly the virus petition to #RecastTChalla has sparked a lot of talk among comic and general MCU fans. For some, it has always been difficult to separate the man (Boseman) and the character (T’Challa). This was understandable because for many people, despite T’Challa being around for more than 55 years, Boseman’s portrayal was the only version of T’Challa they knew. Then the other side of that argument was in terms of cast and crew. Obviously, those who worked with Boseman on the Black Panther films were (and probably still are) in mourning. Director Ryan Coogler had a lot of weight on his shoulders.
After being able to participate in the Black Panther Wakanda Forever Premiere, I interviewed Marvel executive Nate Moore. Moore is Marvel’s main character when it comes to the Black Panther franchise and character. So it was certainly an honor to be able to talk to him about the film and the decision not to recast the role of T’Challa. Check out what he had to say when the fan was asked directly about his desire to continue playing T’Challa in the MCU.
Nate Moore: I understand the conversation. And I think it’s okay. Okay. I think we just had to make the movie that we could, you know?
The film blog: After hearing the decision not to revise [T’Challa]and I don’t know how much he was aware of it or not, but it made me start with a little petition.
Nate Moore: I saw it! (name)
The film blog: Yeah, it wasn’t a big deal. (Laughs)… What was your reaction when you heard about it [#RecastTChalla] petition or the hashtag or the conversation?
Nate Moore: I understand. You know, I understand. I definitely wasn’t like, “This is crazy!” I was like, “Oh, yeah, I get that point of view.”… I understand why people were so inspired by the man and the character… That’s not to say that the new Black Panther can’t inspire people. And I don’t think that means people can’t be inspired by Wakanda, post T’Challa.
I think and hope that people will give the film a chance and watch it. Then if they still feel that way, that’s okay. This is everyone’s right. But I hope they give the movie a chance. I really hope they watch it and I hope they like it… The only reason we’re making this movie is for the fans to like it.
It’s interesting how sensible Moore’s comments were on this subject. If one were to use only social media’s barometer, one would think that Marvel would have seen the #RecastTChalla campaign as a toxic movement. This does not seem to be the case at all. I think Moore’s best point is that audiences should at least give Black Panther: Wakanda Forever a chance. One thing is clear, regardless of the decision to recast the role or not, the cast and crew worked extremely hard for the sequel, given the circumstances. You can read our spoiler free review here or see below.
Black Panther Wakanda Forever – Nate Moore Interview Part 1:
Black Panther Wakanda Forever Video Review:
Director: Ryan Coogler
I write): Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Stars: Letitia Wright, Tenoch Huerta, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Dominque Thorne, Martin Freeman
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