God Of War's Christopher Judge, who took over the mantle of Kratos in the franchise's 2018 reboot, will voice King T'Challa in Marvel's Avengers War for Wakanda expansion.
It wasn't always on the cards, though, as Judge admits he turned down the role following the tragic death of MCU Black Panther Chadwick Boseman last year.
God Of War's Christopher Judge Will Voice Black Panther In Marvel's Avengers DLC
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Judge explained that his children and mother suggested he rethink his stance.
"I turned it down straight away. There's many Black Panthers, but I really didn't believe that anyone should ever do T'Challa again [after Chadwick 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."
Judge admitted that Boseman's performance in the role had left big shoes to fill.
"To be quite honest, I was fearful of being compared to what Chadwick had so wonderfully done. The only way I could really wrap my head around it was to not even attempt a voice match, to let my performance stand on its own. I put all that into it and hopefully people like it."
Evan Narcisse, the writer of the Rise of the Black Panther comic book, also joined Crystal Dynamics' project as a narrative consultant.
"I want to double down on the idea that this is its own iteration of the Black Panther mythos," he said.
"Even if you know the comics and can quote the movie by heart, there are still going to be some surprises."
The interview also features Hannah McLeod, the DLC's narrative lead, and discusses what's been going on in Wakanda during the events of the main game.
In the War for Wakanda DLC, we learn that Captain America's apparent death in A-Day caused the nation of Wakanda to close its borders, before Ulysses Klaw is hired by George Tarleton (MODOK), to steal Uranium - bringing T'Challa into the fight.
"[Klaw] has a personal vendetta against Wakanda that I don't want to spoil. It's different than the comics," McLeod explained.
"We'll say he has this sonic technology he developed that is used specifically to make vibranium tech vulnerable, but it also has this issue where it causes corruption in vibranium. That corrupt vibranium is starting to sprout all over the earth, which is why the Avengers get involved."
We recently learned that the DLC will also place a heavy emphasis on exploration.
The War for Wakanda DLC will arrive free for all Marvel's Avengers players in August.