AceShowbiz - Chadwick Boseman's tenure as Black Panther could be a short one. The actor, who made his debut as the Wakanda superhero in "Captain America: Civil War", is reportedly on the verge of losing his role due to pay dispute.
According to We Got This Covered, a report from 4chan stated that the actor was not happy with Marvel and wants a pay raise. But the studio won't budge and instead has already had a back-up plan to put another Marvel character as the primary black hero in the MCU.
The studio reportedly wants "Namor to replace Black Panther as their premiere black hero, with Atlantis being made up of sub-saharans who integrated with the original Atlanteans (lending more weight to Kilmonger's famous epitaph)."
While some of Marvel stars, particularly the original "Avengers" actors such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth, are known to have scored big paychecks following the big success of the franchise, the studio wouldn't hesitate to recast a role if an issue came up with the actor. A similar situation previously happened to Terrence Howard, who was replaced by Don Cheadle as James Rhodes in "Iron Man 2" and the subsequent movies after Howard demanded a big pay raise.
After being introduced as T'Challa in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War", Boseman led the cast of the first solo Black Panther movie (2018). He later reprised the role in "Avengers: Infinity War", which was released in the same year, and 2019's "Avengers: Endgame".
Back in November 2019, the "Marshall" star expressed his hope for a "Black Panther" sequel. "I think, you know, hopefully we can maintain the foundation that we sort of set and build upon it and expand it and explore it. That's what I hope," he shared. "But I think first you have to maintain the foundation. We built a culture and a world, so you have to make sure that you keep that in place."