On the heels of the Season 1 finale of their first canonical animated series What if…?, Marvel announced that they are hoping to make an animated spin-off based on Chadwick boseman‘s Star-Lord T’Challa. The character made his first appearance in episode two, titled “What if… T’Challa Becomes a Star-Lord?”. What if…? ran for nine episodes, chronicling different pockets of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where Captain America (Josh keaton) is now Captain Carter (Hayley atwell) or Hank Pym (Michael douglas) eliminate the most powerful heroes on Earth.
The second episode and the subsequent appearance of T’Challa Star-Lord can be viewed fondly for several reasons, not least because these are Boseman’s last performances. The character is a fusion of his original T’Challa and Chris Pratt‘s Star-Lord, although his actions and words fall much more on the former.
Boseman noted how fun it was to describe this new iteration and how he hoped Marvel would be able to incorporate some of the mannerisms and characteristics into T’Challa for Black PantherFollowing, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
It seems that Marvel is enjoying this new character as well, as the director of the series. Bryan Andrews noted in an interview on What if…? with Variety. The team was in the early stages of a Star-Lord T’Challa-centric spinoff, and Andrews said the following about it and Boseman’s affection for the character:
“Chadwick had recorded his Star Lord T’Challa stuff early on. But we’ve had these last few episodes where he appeared sporadically, and it took a long time to get him. [again]. And it wasn’t until shortly after the final recording that it played. I think it was maybe just a few months, or a month. None of us knew, of course. But we got it in time to have it all. I think he was also trying to make an effort because T’Challa was so important to him – and also this new version of Star Lord T’Challa was so important to him. He dug it.
“I don’t know if he knew that, but there were plans to run Star Lord T’Challa on his own show with this universe and this team. We were all very excited. We know he would have loved that too. And then, you know, he’s passed away, and so this is all in limbo. So who knows? Maybe someday. ”
While What if…? introduces several new and exciting characters, the mark that Boseman has left on this new iteration of T’Challa is undeniable. It is bittersweet that the spin-off cannot be made with Boseman himself following his tragic passing, although the character of T’Challa, in both forms, is sure to live on in the heart and the minds of many MCU fans.
All episodes of What if…? are currently available to stream on Disney +.
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