Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa perished in Avengers: Infinity War, but that isn't stopping the Black Panther superhero from returning in Avengers: Endgame. After first appearing in Captain America: Civil War, Boseman starred in his Black Panther solo movie last year, which sent him skyrocketing into stardom - and even the character's death can't keep him down.
Black Panther was the first blockbuster to hold the number one slot at the box office for five weeks running since Avatar in 2009; it was only the third movie in history to pass $700 million at the domestic box office, even outgrossing Avengers: Infinity War. Worldwide, Black Panther is one of Marvel's biggest hits, raking in over $1.3 billion. Black Panther has become a cultural phenomenon, and needless to say there's intense interest in the character's future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That made his fate in Avengers: Infinity War all the more shocking, when King T'Challa was one of the many heroes whose bodies crumbled to dust when Thanos snapped his fingers. Screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus have admitted they underestimated how popular Black Panther would be, but insist they'd do it again.
Of course, these are comic book movies, which means death isn't forever; in fact, Marvel Studios has long had a reputation for faking character deaths. So in spite of the events of Avengers: Infinity War, the future is bright for Black Panther. What role should we expect him to play in Avengers: Endgame?
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Black Panther Will Return From The Dead In Avengers: Endgame
Let's start with a simple fact: Black Panther will return from the dead in Avengers: Endgame. The cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War, in which Thanos erased half the life in the universe, will either be averted or undone. It killed off characters who are already confirmed to be returning; Spider-Man: Far From Home, starring Tom Holland as the latest big-screen iteration of the wall-crawler, will be set minutes after Avengers: Endgame.
According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, Spider-Man's sequel was deliberately chosen to "hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU." And that's just the most obvious example; sequels are in the works for both Black Panther and Doctor Strange. Meanwhile, Marvel is known to be extending the MCU in a slate of big-budget TV shows that will be exclusive to the Disney Plus streaming site, and will feature characters like Scarlet Witch, Vision, Winter Soldier, and Falcon. Some of these could conceivably be prequels, but they can't all be. By the time Avengers: Endgame is over, all the heroes who were killed by Thanos' snap will be brought back.
There's known to be one scene in Avengers: Endgame that's supposed to feature absolutely every major MCU character to date - including heroes who have died. It took Marvel three months to work out all the schedules so everybody could be free to film the scene, and there's been some speculation it may have been shot the day of the Marvel Studios 10th anniversary photo shoot. If so, then Boseman was definitely part of it.
Wakanda Has A Big Role In Avengers: Endgame
There's strong evidence that Black Panther's nation of Wakanda will be important to the story of Avengers: Endgame. While promoting the Avengers: Infinity War Blu-ray, the Russo brothers teased that Wakandan technology would be crucial to helping the world recover from the horrors of the snap. Of course, Wakanda itself will be plunged into disarray by the loss of its King; in fact, the Avengers: Endgame trailer also suggested that T'Challa's sister Shuri numbered among the missing as well, meaning Wakanda also lost T'Challa's heir.
Last year's reshoots seem to have increased Wakanda's role in Avengers: Endgame, with reports that a substantial amount of additional photography was focused around Wakanda. One casting call even seemed to hint that Dora Milaje would be filmed alongside a potential Tom Holland stand-in, suggesting Spider-Man will head to Wakanda post-resurrection. This approach makes sense; as noted, even Marvel failed to recognize how big a hit Black Panther would be, and they're expected to pivot to put Black Panther at the heart of the post-Phase 3 MCU.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019