16th November 2020
Following the tragic death of actor Chadwick Boseman at the age of 43, in August this year after a hidden battle with colon cancer, Marvel executives have been in limbo regarding the sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther.
Boseman played the role of T'Challa, son of T'Chaka, the ruler of Wakanda, as well as its protector as the Black Panther.
As the titular main character of the movie, Boseman was the cornerstone of the film's success.
Marvel had already announced Black Panther 2 late last year and had reportedly begun working on it.
When Marvel Studios EVP Victoria Alonso was asked by Argentinian outlet, Clarin, whether the movie studio would use CGI to recreate Boseman similar to Universal Studio's work on Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor in the Fast and the Furious franchise, Alonso assured that they had no such plans.
"There’s only one Chadwick and, he’s not with us. Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking time to see how we continue the story and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really. Because Chadwick was not only a wonderful human being every day for the five years that we spent together, but it also seems to me that what he did as the character elevated us as a company, and left his mark in history.'
"I know that sometimes two months go by or three months go by in production and you say, well, it was a long time, but it is not a long time, we have to think carefully about what we are going to do, and how, and think about how we are going to honor the franchise," said Alonso.
When news of Boseman's death began circulating, a new Twitter record for the most-liked post in the social media platform's history. A small testament to his impact on the film industry.
"We’re just still mourning Chad, so it’s not something I even want to think about,” the 27-year-old actress admitted to net-a-porter. "The thought of doing it without him is kinda strange. We’re just grieving at the moment, so it’s trying to find the light in the midst of it," said Leticia Wright, who played Shuri, T'Challa's sister in Black Panther.
Wright added that filming a new movie without Boseman would be "strange," a sentiment shared by Boseman's former Marvel co-stars who have since paid tribute and honored the actor and made appearances at his memorial.