‘What If…?‘ will be giving us some significant twists to the Marvel Cinematic Universe when the series launches on Disney+ and now we’ve learned that one of the major changes will be that T’Challa/Black Panther will end up as one of the Guardians of the Galaxy. It isn’t clear why the King of Wakanda will end up in space or what that will mean for Chadwick Boseman’s character. The news is fleshed out a bit thanks to showrunner Ashley Bradley who has been opening up as to what we can expect from this quirky series.
According to Bradley:
“On the reel [shown at D23], there is this image of a Star-Lord T’Challa because we wanted to see what if the worlds of Black Panther and the Guardians of the Galaxy collided. That was taking two universes, two to three movies, kind of twisting them in new ways.”
While she wouldn’t let us know any of the real plot for the story, she shared the same questions most fans are probably wondering as to the direction of this tale:
“With Star-Lord T’Challa obviously, we want to know how T’Challa ended up in other planets? What’s the story there? It’s super exciting to work on because again, it’s seeing these characters and seeing the combination of character interactions. Seeing the Avengers hang out together and more recently Endgame gave us the fun of seeing something like Ant-Man hanging out with the Hulk. What If…? is taking it a step further.”
Assuming that T’Challa was taken as a boy, you can’t help but wonder how he would have developed into a man. While it is likely that we would see Yondu still being the guiding influence in his life at this point, you can’t help but think that his childhood would have been a bit more intense than Peter Quill’s youth due to being the prince of Wakanda. Some of this knowledge and training would have likely guided this version of Star-Lord to be someone quite a bit different.
Are you looking forward to checking out a Star-Lord T’Challa when ‘What If…?’ is released? What do you think this will mean for the character, and how could the story play out? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!
Source: Discussing Film