Next month, Marvel’s Avengers big expansion, War for Wakanda, becomes available to all players. Today, Crystal Dynamics revealed to EW some of the talent behind what’s arguably the game’s most important update since launch.
Christopher Judge, the actor who took over the role of Kratos in the critically acclaimed God of War in 2018, is now confirmed to be the Black Panther himself, King T’challa. Judge didn’t take this role lightly, and initially even turned it down. “I turned it down straight away,” said the actor to EW, adding “”There’s many Black Panthers, but I really didn’t believe that anyone should ever do T’Challa again [after Boseman]. The actual talks proceeded and, basically, I wound up doing it because my mother and my children said if I didn’t do it, they would disown me.” Beth McGuire, the dialect coach on Marvel’s Black Panther, worked with Judge, known for his deep voice, to bring out his inner Wakandian.
Assisting the game’s narrative lead, Hannah MacLeod, is Evan Narcisse, taking on the role of Narrative Consultant. Narcisse not only provided this service on last year’s Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, he also wrote The Rise of the Black Panther series for Marvel, something that War for Wakanda used for inspiration. With that being said, he also wanted to make sure that this version of the character could stand on its own. Said Evan “I want to double down on the idea that this is its own iteration of the Black Panther mythos,” adding “Even if you know the comics and can quote the movie by heart, there are still going to be some surprises.”
In the world of Marvel’s Avengers, T’Challa was set to join forces with the team, however the events that led to A-Day and Captain America’s capture changed that. However, when A.I.M hires Ulysses Klaw to obtain vibranium, Black Panther seeks out the team who are also dealing with a corrupted version of the rare material that is sprouting all over the earth.
Both Christopher and Even will appear during a livestream tomorrow starting at 10:30AM PDT.
Marvel’s Avengers is available now for the PlayStation and Xbox family of consoles, PC and Google Stadia.