T’Challa may not be the only one to suit up in Black Panther 2 and beyond. The introduction of Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War paved the way for him and his country of Wakanda to be a prominent force in the MCU moving forward. Fans instantly became fans of what Chadwick Boseman brought to the role, but director Ryan Coogler’s ability to flesh out the world in Black Panther helped make it a box office juggernaut.
One of the biggest parts of Black Panther that audiences responded to was the richness of the world and these characters. T’Challa’s solo film is more of an ensemble, since it gave Okoye (Danai Gurira), Shuri (Letitia Wright), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), M’Baku (Winston Duke), and Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) plenty of time to shine. Fans are even already waiting for the day Shuri becomes the new Black Panther, and it may not be too long before someone else other than T’Challa suits up.
Screen Rant spoke to Black Panther producer Nate Moore as part of the film’s release on home video. During the interview, we asked him about the chances of seeing other versions of Black Panther on the big screen. Even though the role is still Boseman’s, they aren’t putting any mandates that he must be the only one to take on this mantle.
“One thing I like to tell Ryan is, the Black Panther is a mantle as much as it is a person, so we’re not restricted by anything, because the truth is, there’s a lot of different ways to go back to Wakanda and have a good time and continue to explore the themes that made the first film so resonant.”