From Mav: So, I saw Black Panther: Wakanda Forever last week and without spoilers, it was basically everything I thought it would be. I enjoyed it a lot. Pretty much from the moment they announced they were still going to make the film, without recasting Chadwick Boseman, it was pretty clear that they were going to have deal with his absence in… more or less the way they did. And it also pretty clear that it was going to be very sad. In fact, my assumption when going to the film was that it would barely be a movie. I thought it would just be us all sitting in the theater watching a funeral and crying. I was good with that. But I’m also even happier to say that the film is so much more than that. I thought Boseman’s death was deftly handled and woven into the narrative of the overall MCU in the best and most respectful way. I enjoyed the film and I think others will too. I will say more about the movie, with spoilers on the episode.
That said, I’m also interested in the idea of what to do with franchises when a star has died out of them. Obviously with Black Panther, they’ve opted to kill off the character. However, at the same time the same studio has apparently opted to replace the deceased William Hurt with Harrison Ford as Thunderbolt Ross. When Carrie Fisher died, Star Wars producers decided to very awkwardly shoot around her death with cut scenes of Princess Leia and ultimately kill that character off early in the film. But Michael Gambon replaced Richard Harris as Dumbledore in Harry Potter movies immediately. TV has this problem, especially with soap operas where it’s quite common for characters to be recast even without actors dying. And there’s a similar issue with bands… how soon is too soon to replace Freddie Mercury in Queen or Lisa Left-Eye Lopes in TLC?
So that’s what I want to know. What are you thoughts on Wakanda Forever in general, and the handling of Boseman’s death in specific. And furthermore, how should these situations be handled in other properties? Let us know in the comments.