Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away almost a year ago and left behind him such a rich legacy of characters on the big screen. Taken well before his time, the actor had a number of high profile roles, but none bigger than T’Challa in the Black Panther franchise within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His death left a giant hole in that story, one that is set to pick back up soon. But according to The Illuminerdi, fans will get to at least hear Boseman in the role a few more times. That’s because there’s confirmation he had voiced the character for an upcoming production before his passing.
According to the report, Chadwick Boseman actually voiced his T’Challa character for multiple episodes of What If…, the upcoming Disney+ animated show exploring alternate timelines within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spawned from the popular comic book series, each show will look at different scenarios that saw events and characters go in directions different from the iconic storylines from the printed pages.
For his episode, Chadwick Boseman will voice T’Challa, but in a very different setting than what we were used to on the big screen. Because What If… upends traditional storylines and splinters off characters from their current roles, in this one T’Challa doesn’t end up becoming the Black Panther but rather, he instead becomes Star-Lord. The Illumerdi has it that his character doesn’t end up leading the citizens and nation of Wakanda, but rather ends up becoming the leader of The Ravagers from the Guardians of the Galaxy storyline.
With Chadwick Boseman taking the place of Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, The Ravagers end up becoming a reformed group of bandits, intent on good now. It looked from an original teaser trailer that a version of Michael Rooker’s Yondu is still the one who onboards a young T’Challa to the group. But this is likely where his and Quill’s story diverge greatly. If he turns The Ravagers into something greater and good then there will never have been the formation of the Guardians like we saw in that original movie.
And additionally, it Kevin Feige has said this might not even be it when it comes to Chadwick Boseman. According to the Marvel head, Boseman voiced the character for a few more episodes as well. Fans of the late actor will get the chance to at least hear him in and see an animated version of the character one last time.
As for the Black Panther, there has been much speculation about how the franchise would move on without Chadwick Boseman in the lead. There will still be a sequel movie and the title is going to be Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. They will not recast T’Challa but will rather deal with the character’s death in some way. And then the mantle will be passed to a new leader of Wakanda. It’s rumored to be Letitia Wright’s Shuri, but that hasn’t been confirmed. The other plot note came through that Namor the Sub Mariner would be the villain in the film.
Though we will not see him on screen again as Black Panther, it will be great for fans to hear Chadwick Boseman voice the role a few more times in this upcoming series for Disney+.