WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 27: Winston Duke attends the Netflix Premiere Spenser Confidential at Westwood Village Theatre on February 27, 2020 in Westwood, California.

There’s a lot of anticipation of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which is set to arrive in 2022. And right now, fans are wondering who will be the next Black Panther.

Up until now, T’Challa was the Black Panther and was played, of course, by the late Chadwick Boseman. Since his passing, Marvel hasn’t said who would take on the mantle of the Black Panther. When the film was first announced in 2019, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman was still with us, and no one knew that he was ill. Marvel has announcd that they would not be recasting the role of Boseman’s T’Challa. So, there has been a lot of speculation over what character will be the next Black Panther. Some felt that Letitia Wright’s Shuri (T’Challa’s sister) would be the heir.

But now, with reports of trouble on the set with Wright and her resistance to taking a vaccine for COVID-19, that plan might be in jeopardy (if it even was a plan). Her unvaccinated status is reportedly causing a delay in the production of the film. Wright received backlash last year when she reposted a controversial video from YouTube to Twitter which promoted vaccine skepticism. YouTube has since taken the video off of their site.

But a source tells the blog  GiantFreakinRobot that Marvel has chosen Winston Duke’s character M’Baku to take on the title. Since M’Baku challenged T’Challa in the last film for the title, the outlet is floating the theory that M’Baku will also “challenge others for the title following T’Challa’s passing.”

No one else has reported on this story other than GiantFreakinRobot, who often report scoops, not all of which turn out to be accurate. So, more on this story as it develops.