Who Is The New Black Panther After Chadwick Boseman’s Death?

Carrying on his legacy. After the death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020, Black Panther director Ryan Cooler decided that his Marvel character would also die and a new Black Panther would be born in Wakanda forever. (WARNING: Spoilers ahead.)

“You think about everything, when something like this happens, it’s like, ‘I don’t think I can come back and make another one, I don’t think I can do this.’ I don’t think it should be any other way.’ You go through all the extremes,” Coogler said on the Nov. 4 episode of “Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast.”

The director briefly considered recasting T’Challa, but knew it would be unfair for any actor to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and have to follow Boseman, who died of colon cancer at age 43 in August 2020.

Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri, at the premiere of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’. John Salangsang/Shutterstock

“After someone else was him, for us in the world we created, we wouldn’t have believed it. No matter how good the actor was, the necessary truth would have been missing for us to do a good job,” he explained.

Thus, it was decided that T’Challa would die off-screen in a very similar manner to Boseman. In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, viewers learn that the king didn’t tell his family he was terminally ill until it was too late. His sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright) was in the lab trying to recreate the heart-shaped herb, which gave him the superhuman powers of Black Panther in the 2018 film. However, she didn’t have enough time to figure out the right chemical composition and her brother died.

T’Challa’s younger sister is the true star of the film. “Where we started was this idea of ​​who would be most affected by his loss,” Coogler said Diversity in the cover story of Wednesday, November 9. “Shuri had never known a day without him. He had always been there, so that she would be most relieved of his passing.”

She’s not just the leading lady – Shuri is the new Black Panther. However, it took the scientist a while to accept that she was destined to take up her brother’s mantle.

T'Challa and Shuri in 'Black Panther' in 2018
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After T’Challa’s funeral, the film skipped ahead for a year. Shuri still refused to admit her sadness. Determined to break with tradition, she refused to become the Black Panther. She wasn’t even sure she believed in all of Wakanda’s spiritual stories about the ancestors and the afterlife.

Her faith was tested when her mother, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) was killed by Namor (Tenoch Huerta). Overcome with grief and determined to avenge her mother’s death, Shuri went back to recreating the heart-shaped herb and finally made it work. She refused to be buried in sand as is customary, choosing instead to stay in the lab in case she needed a defibrillator. She allowed Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) to create the mixture and monitor it as it went through the transformation.

After drinking the purple liquid, she passed out and went to the ancestors. This was where T’Challa visited his dead father in the 2018 film. Shuri believed she would meet her mother – but Ramonda wasn’t the last to take the herb. It was Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), who makes an unexpected appearance to test the new hero. She wanted to avenge her loved ones, just like him. Was she just like the villain?

Shuri came out of her dreamlike state, shaken and angry, believing the herb didn’t work. As she struggled out and pushed over the mannequin, she began to fly with a force far beyond what she expected. She’s Black Panther now.

She built a new suit and led the Wakandans in a sea battle with Namor and his people. Shuri tore Namor away from the water and into the desert to wipe out the villain who lives in the sea. However, while flashing back to Killmonger’s conflict, she also remembered her mother telling her to show the world who she really was. She decided not to kill Namor, instead she showed him mercy and allowed him to surrender.

It seemed like Shuri was the only one left to become the Black Panther, but at the end of the movie it was revealed that she has another living family member – T’Challa’s son.

He and Nakia secretly had a baby and he is the reason the spy has been staying in Haiti since the Thanos attack. Nakia didn’t want to raise him in the spotlight of the royal Wakandan family. The little boy’s name is Toussaint in Haiti, but he revealed a secret to Shuri: His real name is Prince T’Challa, the son of King T’Challa of Wakanda.

Shuri didn’t seem angry that she was left in the dark (even Ramonda knew about the baby before she died). Instead, she seemed happy that her brother’s legacy would live on.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is in theaters now.

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