‘Black Panther’ Actor Reacts to Being Cut from ‘Wakanda Forever’

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Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger with Daniel Kaluuya charging into battle against T'Challa in Black Panther

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will release in theaters on November 11, 2022. The follow-up to Black Panther (2018) will feature much of the original cast except Chadwick Boseman (King T’Challa/Black Panther), who tragically died from colon cancer in August 2020. Also not returning is Nope (2022) star Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi. The actor recently shared his feeling about being absent for the sequel after watching the trailer Marvel Studios released at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi in Black Panther
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Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther II will bring back Letitia Wright as Princess Shuri, Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Michaela Coel as Aneka, Winston Duke as M’Baku, and Martin Freeman as Everette K. Ross. The Marvel movie will also introduce Dominique Thorne as a new Iron Man, Riri Williams/Ironheart and Tenoch Huerta as Namor, King of Talocan (the MCU’s version of Atlantis based on Aztec Mythology).

Marvel Studios confirmed that Get Out (2017) actor Daniel Kaluuya would not reprise his role as T’Challa’s friend and Okoye’s husband, W’Kabi. This was due to clashing production schedules between Wakanda Forever and Jordan Peele’s latest thriller Nope, where Academy Award winner Kaluuya played OJ Haywood.

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Chadwick Boseman as T'Chall (left) and Letitia Wright as Shuri (right)
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Black Panther ended with W’Kabi betraying T’Challa and siding with Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Marvel fans will get many answers in Wakanda Forever to the future of the Black Panther franchise, such as who will become the next Black Panther, as Kevin Feige has said they will not recast T’Challa despite petitions and threats of boycotts from fans. However, they will have to wait to discover W’Kabi’s fate after betraying Wakanda and the Dora Milaje.

Daniel Kaluuya revealed he has seen the emotional trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. He told Variety’s Marc Malkin, “Of course, I’ve seen it! […] It’s amazing.” Marvel fans agree as the trailer garnered 172 million views on the first day. But now, Kaluuya has spoken with The Independent about his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When talking about his departure from Black Panther II, he said:

“It’s what’s best for the story, what’s best for the film… I’m excited for it. I’m excited to watch it.”

However, he did keep the door open about a possible future return in Black Panther 3.

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Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther
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Daniel Kaluuya is in high demand in Hollywood. He has had a string of box office successes, including Nope (2022), Get Out (2017), Black Panther (2018), Judas and the Black Messiah (2021), and Queen & Slim (2019). He is currently signed on for Netflix’s The Upper World, which is in pre-production.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be the Marvel movie of 2022. It has had an uphill battle to hit theaters following the death of Chadwick Boseman and delays in production caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marvel Studios has not officially announced a Black Panther 3, but it is undoubtedly in the works as they are trying to keep the reveal of the new Black Panther in the MCU a secret.

Let us know in the comments if you will miss Daniel Kaluuya in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever when it hits theaters on November 11, 2022.

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