In the latest issue of Total Film magazine, Marvel’s VP of Production and Development Nate Moore paid tribute to fans who were disappointed that T’Challa was not recast, but explained why he just couldn’t imagine to recast the role after Chadwick Boseman’s death. “I couldn’t imagine going up to the best young actor in the world who isn’t Chadwick and saying, ‘Okay, so you’re T’Challa,'” Moore explained. “I couldn’t and can’t imagine it. I really couldn’t. Other people will answer this question differently. And we’re very aware of the talkback and people’s feelings. To be perfectly honest is fair. Everyone will have a different opinion. All I can say is that after being there I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t get there” (via The Direct).
But fan opinion on the decision to recast T’Challa is pretty evenly divided. The hashtag on Twitter #RecastTChalla has been trending for quite some time, and fans insist that recasting the character is no offense to Boseman’s memory. “Reediting doesn’t delete anything or the post,” tweeted @LordChickenHawk. “Recasting ensures the character and role live on.” Others, like Twitter users @lysfunkyfreshShe accused advocates of recasting the role of simply not wanting a female Black Panther. However, the aforementioned New York Times obituary mentioned that shortly after Boseman’s death, there was a fan campaign on Twitter urging Disney not to recast the role. Likewise the hashtag #DontRecastTchalla was also trending on Twitter, with users like @wonderzuko to claim that a rewrite would “spit in the face of the legacy he left behind”. So it seems that whatever decision Marvel would ultimately make, many fans would not agree with that.