Daniel Kaluuya Won’t Return As W’Kabi In ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

The cool thing about Black Panther was that it created such a rich tapestry, by far the richest we’d seen in the MCU. There were politics, tribal divisions, technological and cultural clashes, and an unbelievable depth of fully-formed characters. In fact, the bench of supporting characters was so deep that fans have been speculating for months which one will fill the shoes of T’Challa (played by the late Chadwick Boseman) in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. One of those with the most support is Daniel Kaluuya’s W’Kabi, chief other Border Tribe and T’Challa’s best friend.

However, there’s a problem. Kaluuya told Rotten Tomatoes’ Jacqueline Coley that he chose not to reprise his role as W’Kabi in Wakanda Forever due to a scheduling conflict with Jordan Peele’s Nope.

That’s quite a curveball. W’Kabi was a big part of the first movie, but perhaps he would’ve felt odd being there with no T’Challa? He’s still Okoye’s husband, though, right? We have no idea what the sequel will be about, other than it’s expected to see Nabor debut in the MCU.

It’s not as if Kaluuya is barred from returning for a third movie if there is one. I expect we’ll find out more when Marvel has their SDCC panel for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever next week.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.