"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever": Kevin Feige Speaks Out on Recasting Chadwick Boseman's Character

The running time of the film was also revealed

by Pierre Lorenz on September 27, 2022

This November, "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever" will be released and the promotional campaign has long been underway. This week, there was a slew of news about the MCU sequel and final film from Phase 4 of the MCU. Kevin Feige, for instance, expressed his views on a possible successor to King T'Challa actor Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in 2020. As he has done in the past, he once again clarified to Empire Magazine that there will be no recasting, noting that the loss is still being coped with. He and director Ryan Coogler put a lot of thought into it, as ultimately they had to pay tribute to Boseman's life's work on the one hand and carry on the story in a meaningful way on the other. So it remains unchanged that Boseman and his character will not be replaced. But anything else would have been quite a surprise this close to release anyway. 

Additional news has emerged regarding the running time of "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever". According to the official AMC Theaters website, the movie is going to be the second longest MCU movie to date. More precisely, it is said to run at 2 hours and 41 minutes, making it just under half an hour longer than its predecessor and about 20 minutes shorter than "Avengers: Endgame", which has been the most extensive MCU film to date. The running time is no doubt justified, after all, with Namor as the villain and Ironheart as the superhero, two new characters are being introduced at once. 

To go with the new villain, Empire Magazine also shared images of costumes and characters from the film, one of which features Namor. As you can see, his character is strongly based on the culture of Central America. Due to the actions of King T'Challa in the first part, Namor sees his Kingdom Talocan in danger. In addition, according to actor Tenoch Huerta, Namor is a mutant, just like in the comics. It will be exciting to find out what the final result looks like: "Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever" hits theaters on November 11.

Image of Deadpool 3, Star Trek 4, Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever, Blade© Empire Magazine / Disney