Thousands of Marvel fans have signed a Change.org petition demanding Chadwick Boseman’s King T’Challa be recast in the upcoming Black Panther sequel.
The petition, created by E-Man’s Movie Reviews, has garnered more than 5,700 signatures. The petition asks for signatures to be shared and to use the #RecastTChalla hashtag on social media to raise awareness.
“This is a call for the President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Co-President Louis D’Esposito, and Writer/Director Ryan Coogler to reconsider their decision and recast the role of “T’Challa” in the Black Panther franchise,” the petition reads. “If Marvel Studios removes T’Challa, it would be at the expense of the audiences (especially Black boys and men) who saw themselves in him. That also includes the millions of fans who were inspired by the character as well.”
According to People, Feige previously said that the role would not be recast after Boseman, 43, passed away last August following a cancer battle.
“By not recasting, it could stifle the opportunity for one of the most popular, leading Black superheroes to add on to their legacy,” the petition continues. “The #1 way to kill a legend is to stop telling their story.