There will always be the question of “what if” in the back of our minds, as we try to unravel what was the original plans for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever before the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman. His T’Challa had a big future as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but a new direction had to be found after the unexpected developments. In an interview with New York Times, director Ryan Coogler got a chance to open up on what his original plans were for the story that he had envisioned for Boseman to continue on.
It seems that Coogler’s original plans were for T’Challa to try and connect with his son after the blip. The plan was “for his 8th birthday, they do a ritual where they go out into the bush and have to live off the land.” We get elements from this storyline scattered throughout, such as the reveal of his son in the post-credit sequence and that idea seemingly was explored when Shuri and Queen Ramonda try to work through their grief.
It’s unclear though if the events would unravel in a similar way. Still, this original storyline also would not have worked with a recasting of T’Challa. Having a story about T’Challa trying to save the world with his son by his side. It wouldn’t just feel right to explore that story with someone besides Chadwick Boseman in the role. Either way, we’re now entering a new era for the Wakandans and the introduction of young T’Challa opens up an interesting future to explore.
Source: New York Times