Chadwick Boseman’s brother says his Black Panther role should be recast instead of killed off


Chadwick Boseman’s brother Derrick says the late actor’s Black Panther role should be recast instead of killed off as he is a role model for black children










The brother of Chadwick Boseman has joined the chorus saying his Black Panther role should be recast instead of killed off.

Chadwick starred as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe until he died tragically last year at age 43 after a secret cancer battle.

Now his brother Derrick has told TMZ that his character of T’Challa should be kept alive with another actor as he is a role model for black children.

Bereaved: Chadwick Boseman’s (right) brother Derrick (left) has joined the chorus saying his Black Panther role should be recast instead of killed off

Furthermore Derrick theorized that his late brother would agree the role should be allowed to continue with another actor. 

Derrick feels that some social problems are glamorized by hip hop and argued that T’Challa by contrast is a rare positive aspirational figure for black youth.

He also shared that he has a nephew who said Black Panther was an influence on his desire to become a scientist.

As of Tuesday morning more than 43,000 people have signed a Change.org petition echoing Derrick’s view that T’Challa should be kept alive with a new star. 

Dearly departed: Chadwick starred as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe until he died tragically last year aged 43 after a secret cancer battle

Dearly departed: Chadwick starred as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe until he died tragically last year aged 43 after a secret cancer battle

In December of last year – four months after Chadwick died – Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated that T’Challa would not be recast.

He and Ryan Coogler, who directed Black Panther and its upcoming sequel, had apparently been in the dark about Chadwick’s illness before his death. 

Last month Marvel’s development VP Nate Moore went on The Ringer-Verse Podcast and said of re-casting T’Challa: ‘We just couldn’t do it.’

In the comic books T’Challa’s sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, replaces him as the alter ego of Black Panther.

Superstardom: Furthermore Derrick theorized that his late brother would agree; Chadwick is pictured in the first Black Panther in 2018

Superstardom: Furthermore Derrick theorized that his late brother would agree; Chadwick is pictured in the first Black Panther in 2018

However lately there has been a swirl of rumors about Letitia’s involvement in the upcoming Black Panther sequel subtitled Wakanda Forever. 

Letitia set off speculation about her opinions of vaccines last year after she shared a video by British commentator Tomi Arayomi, a Christian self-described ‘prophet’ who claims to be able to commune with the angels.

The video Letitia posted saw Tomi wonder aloud about the coronavirus vaccines potentially creating ‘chimeras’ of humans and animals.

This year Letitia, who is British, began filming the Black Panther sequel in Atlanta but suffered an on-set injury in September and went to London to recover.

Chadwick and Letitia: In the comic books T'Challa's sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, replaces him as the alter ego of Black Panther

Chadwick and Letitia: In the comic books T’Challa’s sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, replaces him as the alter ego of Black Panther

The following month Letitia repudiated a Hollywood Reporter article that alleged she had aired out vaccine skeptic views on set.

‘I honestly assert that this was completely untrue,’ she said of the report, which cited a ‘set source’ for the claim about Letitia sharing her alleged opinions on vaccines.

By the beginning of November The Hollywood Reporter was saying Ryan Coogler had shot everything he could without Letitia as she recuperated in Britain.

Current guidelines by the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention say that with ‘limited exceptions’ foreign nationals must be vaccinated to travel to America.

Tough decisions: In December of last year - four months after Chadwick died - Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated that T'Challa would not be recast

Tough decisions: In December of last year – four months after Chadwick died – Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated that T’Challa would not be recast

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