Yes, Black Panther Is Supposed To Arrive In Fortnite’s Marvel Season – Forbes

Late last night, the world learned of the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman, the 43 year-old actor who blew everyone away as Black Panther in the boundary-breaking superhero film, but had a burgeoning career full of great roles from Jackie Robinson to Thurgood Marshall.

Boseman passed away after a years-long battle with colon cancer, something he was fighting entirely in secret and doing so while filming blockbuster movies and doing charity work like visiting children battling similar diseases to the one he had in private. An incredible actor, and man.

While Boseman had many roles, it is impossible to extract him from his iconic performance as T’Challa, Black Panther, across four different Marvel movies. And now, how the character of Black Panther is handled going forward needs to be very sensitive of his passing and how fully he embodied the role.

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As for Black Panther 2, it seems to be the common consensus that he should not be recast, but the film and MCU should adapt, giving the Panther “mantle” to Shuri, or another character. I read a quote last night that said something to the effect of “You can make another Black Panther movie, but you can never make another Chadwick Boseman movie,” which should be the focus right now.

But even adaptations of Black Panther that aren’t directly tied to Boseman are still in effect, tied to him. It’s possible the upcoming Avengers game, released next week, reveals Black Panther as a future playable character, but more pressingly, we have Fortnite’s new Marvel-themed season which already has Black Panther-related plans in place.

I saw some Fortnite fans last night asking for a “tribute” Black Panther skin in honor of Boseman, but many may not realize that some Black Panther plans have already been in motion before this, and now they may need to be altered.

What we know from datamining is that there is an upcoming POI that will be added to the map “Panther Monument” at some point in the future. We’ve also seen the upcoming leak of a “superpower” players will be able to acquire which is Black Panther’s suit skills, Kinetic Absorption and Whirlwind Blast.

Both of these point to the likelihood that Black Panther will be introduced as a paid skin later this season (we already know more Marvel skins are coming, Silver Surfer has already been datamined in full). And that raises a question of how this should be handled.

On the one hand, Epic could just scrap this entire concept out of respect for Boseman’s passing. And yet simply “erasing” the character he made famous that inspired so many does not seem like the right move.

Though they can’t very well list a Black Panther skin in a few weeks and start raking in money from it either.

It seems like the best option here is to keep going with their Black Panther plans, sell the skin, but donate all proceeds from the skin and related cosmetics to a cancer charity, or a charity that Boseman himself showed support for.

We don’t know the exact terms of the deal Epic has worked out with Marvel for these heroes, but it stands to reason there’s some sort of revenue split in place between the IP holder and the game making and selling the skin. Given the situation, I do not imagine it would be difficult for both parties to agree to make this a charity skin, albeit that’s something Epic has avoided doing in the past. But if there was ever a time for it, it’s now.

We don’t know exactly when Black Panther was supposed to arrive in the game, but it’s likely they are going to have to make some decisions about it now. The charity route seems like the obvious play to me, a way to honor Boseman and the character he embodied.

For now, we remember the man.

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