Chadwick Boseman’s Role Won’t Be Recast In ‘Black Panther’ Sequel

What will happen to ‘Black Panther’ now that Chadwick Boseman lost his life?

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Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past.

Emma Schmerold, Reporter

Walt Disney and Marvel Studios will not be recasting Chadwick Boseman’s character of T’Challa in the sequel in order to honor the actor.

Disney tweeted “Honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy & portrayal of T’Challa, @MarvelStudios will not recast the character, but will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film.”  

On Aug. 28, Chadwick Boseman lost his battle with colon cancer. He had been diagnosed about four years before his death but chose to keep it private. Boseman is arguably most known for his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Marvel Cinematic Universe’s executive producer Kevin Feige said, “I wanted to acknowledge the devastating loss of a dear friend and member of the Marvel Studios family. Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally. His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past.” Feige added. “It’s for that reason that we will not recast the character. However, to honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film. Writer/director Ryan Coogler is hard at work on the sequel now, and we’ll bring the film to you in theaters July 8, 2022.”

Marvel fans don’t know how “Black Panther 2” will go without Boseman, but production is set to begin in the summer of 2021. In the comic books, T’Challa’s sister Shuri (played by Leticia Wright) takes over as ruler of Wakanda and eventually becomes the new Black Panther.