New concept art from Black Panther: Wakanada Forever shows off an unused look for Daniel Kaluuya’s W’Kabi.
The first Black Panther movie featured the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of Academy Award winner Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, the husband of Danai Gurira’s fan-favorite Okoye. During the events of Black Panther, W’Kabi betrayed T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) and aligned himself with Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) before losing and being exiled from Wakanda.
While W’Kabi was supposed to return in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Daniel Kaluuya was unable to reprise the role due to scheduling conflicts with the Jordan Peele-directed horror movie Nope. Wakanda Forever concept artist Niek Schlosser has revealed how W’Kabi would have looked like in the movie with a stunning piece of concept art. You can check out the artwork below.
Wakanda Forever was directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay he co-wrote alongside Joe Robert Cole. The film stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman and Angela Bassett.
Two years after the release of Black Panther and T’Challa’s return in Avengers: Infinity War and its follow-up Endgame, Chadwick Boseman, the actor behind the fan-favorite character, passed away at the age of 43, following a four-year battle with colon cancer. Marvel made the decision not to recast T’Challa, with his sister Shuri taking on the Black Panther mantle.
In Heroic Hollywood’s review of the movie Ryden Scarnato wrote “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with T’Challa’s death becoming permanent due to Boseman’s real-life passing and the story now following the world of Wakanda dealing with that grief. While the film is an ensemble, it ultimately rests on the shoulders of Letitia Wright’s Shuri and Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda.”
“When it comes to performances, everyone here is at the top of their game, and you can’t help but think that’s because of how intertwined the film is with real life. With Wright and Bassett serving as focal points, the two are the strongest of the bunch, with incredibly personal moments that are some of the most heartfelt we’ve ever seen in the MCU. Shuri’s larger role in the film, in particular, also works for those who might have reservations.”
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