As difficult as it is to envision Black Panther 2 without Chadwick Boseman, Marvel must eventually begin work on a sequel to the 2018 blockbuster without the beloved star. The actor captivated audiences in 2018’s Black Panther playing T’Challa, king, and many were looking forward to a 2022 sequel. But unbeknownst to fans, Boseman had been diagnosed with colon cancer even before the first film came out, and tragically, he died on Aug. 28 at 43.
While recasting is nothing new in superhero films, the death of a young, vibrant actor who embodied the role so perfectly isn’t the same as in other situations. Fans cannot imagine Boseman being replaced in the role. The franchise can move on, but it will have to do so carefully and respectfully. As of Nov. 20, there was some news on a second film. Filming for Black Panther 2 now is tentatively scheduled to begin in July 2021, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It seems most likely that the Black Panther title could pass to another character, and a favorite has to be Letitia Wright’s Shuri. She’s T’Challa’s sister, and royal family ties run deep. But Shuri can’t just move into the part with no explanation. It’s always possible there’s unused footage from the first film or from other Avengers movies that could be spliced in to set up T’Challa’s departure, or it could be addressed verbally without new footage of Boseman.
Any new Black Panther films, however, will forever be touched by the memory of Chadwick Boseman, the man who played the role so well. “He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed,” Feige said. “Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages.”