Marvel Actor Officially Not Returning in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

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Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi

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Daniel Kaluuya was a relatively unknown actor by the time he made his Marvel debut in Black Panther (2018). Now, he’s one of Hollywood’s leading men and taking on a-list films. As a result, Kaluuya won’t be reprising his iconic Marvel role.

Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is moving forward with the Multiverse at full speed. Every Marvel fan can’t wait to see the introduction of the X-Men and more, but Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) is getting ready to usher in Namor and the Kingdom of Atlantis.

With the tragic passing of legendary actor Chadwick Boseman in 2020, King T’Challa/Black Panther will unfortunately not be present in the epic Marvel sequel, with Letitia Wright (Shuri), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), and Winston Duke (M’Baku) taking on the mantle of leading Wakanda.

Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) and T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) talking in Wakanda
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With countless rumors circulating about the plot of director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther sequel, it’s unclear exactly how Marvel Studios intends to further the story of King T’Challa without Chadwick Boseman.

Now, in a turn of events, Black Panther actor Daniel Kaluuya has confirmed that his W’Kabi character will not be appearing in Wakanda Forever:

Daniel Kaluuya will not return in ‘BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER’ due to scheduling conflicts with Jordan Peele’s ‘NOPE’.

Due to the production of Jordan Peele’s terrifying NOPE (2022) feature film, Academy Award-winner Daniel Kaluuya was unable to film any scenes for Wakanda Forever, causing his W’Kabi character to be axed from the upcoming Marvel movie.

danai gurira as okoye leader of dora milaje in marvel black panther
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Given that W’Kabi betrayed the throne of Wakanda in Black Panther and joined forces with Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) but was ultimately defeated in battle and surrendered at the hands of Okoye and the Dora Milaje, it’s unclear how Daniel Kaluuya’s presence in Wakanda Forever would have panned out.

Nonetheless, Marvel fans are disheartened to learn that one of the best Black Panther actors won’t be on screen in the film’s sequel:

Yea I’m skipping this

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Another fan writes:

he will be missed

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While many are pointing out that Jordan Peele’s NOPE releases in theaters on July 22, the principal photography of both Wakanda Forever and NOPE reportedly wrapped around the same time, restricting Kaluuya from appearing in both films.

Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi
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Marvel fans shouldn’t write off Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as the film reportedly introduces Namor of Atlantis, Ironheart, and potentially Doctor Doom from the Fantastic Four franchise.

Black Panther
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The Marvel Universe is becoming much more than iconic characters/Earth’s Mightiest Heroes like Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Tom Holland’s Avenger is leading the way for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Kate BishopMs. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more — especially with his next Spider-Man trilogy that’s currently in the works.

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