Christopher Judge, best known to players for his portrayal of Kratos in God of War (though he will always be First Apophis first for me), joins the cast of the Marvel Avengers as the voice of Black Panther. The new character will be added as part of the War for Wakanda DLC coming out in August.
According to an EW report, the judge initially hesitated to take on the role, saying he "rejected it immediately" when it was first offered because of the legacy of Chadwick Boseman, who won acclaim for play the character through four Marvel movie universes. movies. Boseman died in 2020 four years after being diagnosed with colon cancer. The judge finally relented, however: "My mother and children said that if I didn't, they would disown me."
“To be honest, I was afraid of being compared to what Chadwick had done so wonderfully,” the judge said. "The only way I could really get my head around it was to even try a voice match, to let my performance stand on its own. I put it all in and I hope people like it."
The effort to ensure that the judge’s performance is maintained on its own is being helped by Evan Narcisse, 2018 writer Rise of the Black Panther series, which served as a narrative consultant in the Wakanda DLC War. “I want to double the idea that this is his own iteration of the Black Panther myth,” Narcisse said. "Even if you know the comics and you can quote the movie from memory, there will still be some surprises."
"Chadwick's performance was someone who had more questions about how to play the role of Black Panther and King. This version doesn't have those questions. You think you have all the answers. I think one of the interesting things about it. 39; this expansion is there is tension between him and Shuri (his sister) as we have not seen before about the best way to move Wakanda forward. "
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The big question, of course, is whether the addition of Black Panther and the Wakanda setting will spark new interest in Marvel's Avengers. Despite its pedigree (which, of course, is based on the comics, not the movie franchise), the game has not attracted a significant number of players: as indicated Steam graphics, the average monthly number of concurrent players barely exceeded 400 in February 2021, less than six months after its release. There was a rebound in March after the release of the Hawkeye DLC (which was actually pretty good), but not enough to move the average number of players over 1,000, and in June it dropped back to just 578.
Fraser opined in March that a possible move to free play (which hasn't happened yet – Marvel's Avengers is still a higher-priced game) wouldn't be enough to save Marvel's Avengers, because "it's a solution to a problem. it really doesn’t ”: the problem isn’t the price, it’s that the fun ends when the campaign does. We will find out in August if War for Wakanda will fix this deficit. No release date has been announced yet, but Judge Narcisse and War for Wakanda, the protagonist of the narrative Hannah MacLeod, will reveal more about the expansion during a Live playback of Twitch from 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET on July 16.