Lupita Nyong’o was considered for the new Black Panther

  • Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”.
  • The sequel sees Wakanda mourn the loss of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman).
  • Writer Joe Robert Cole considered making Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o the new Black Panther.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has the difficult task of addressing the tragic death of actor Chadwick Boseman, as King T’Challa dies of a mysterious illness within the opening minutes of the film.

The ramifications of his death reverberate throughout the story, as Shuri (Letitia Wright) and her loved ones mourn their late king while clashing with Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and the nation of Talokan.

Shuri eventually learns to let her grief go through and embraces her role as Wakanda’s new Black Panther.

But writer Joe Robert Cole recently told Rolling Stone that the subject of T’Challa’s successor was a huge talking point in the film, noting that they wanted to find the hardest hitting character arc.

The writer explained: “We’d like to throw the ideas around and try to extrapolate where the story goes and what’s the most impactful choice – what’s the best journey? And where do you go after the movie in terms of the characters? M’Baku certainly was someone who got pushed around a bit.”

Cole also confirmed that Lupita Nyong’o’s spy, Nakia, was in the running for Black Panther, saying, “That got fired! Her name got fired for sure.”

Nakia would have been an interesting choice for Black Panther, especially with her background as a spy, but it’s clear that the focus of her arc was to set up the final reveal of T’Challa’s son, Toussaint (Divine Love Konadu -Sun).

Cole went on to say that Shuri taking the suit after her brother made the most sense given her story, and it obviously works in tandem with the source material.

The writer added: “In the comics, Shuri is Black Panther and there’s a natural naturalness, I guess that’s the best way to put it, for her to become Panther. But you crush all kinds of things. ‘ideas. And you just want to make the best decision and do what’s best for the story.”

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