Fans call on Marvel to recast Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther role

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Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther.
Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther.
Photo: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios

Fans of Black Panther have launched a petition to have Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa/Black Panther recast in the sequel.

After his death in August 2020, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced at a Disney Investor day in December 2020 that his pioneering role will not be recast. "His portrayal of T'Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel's past - and it's for that reason that we will not recast the character," said Feige.

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The petition on Change.org by E-Man's Movie Reviews is asking Marvel Studios and director Ryan Coogler to reconsider the decision not to recast the role. So far, it has garnered 6 056 signatures.

The petition reads: "If Marvel Studios removes T'Challa, it would be at the expense of the audiences (especially Black boys and men) who saw themselves in him. That also includes the millions of fans who were inspired by the character as well.

"By not recasting, it could stifle the opportunity for one of the most popular, leading Black superheroes to add on to their legacy. The #1 way to kill a legend, is to stop telling their story."

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