Last Friday, the world was filled with shock after Chadwick Boseman died from colon cancer at age 43. He died after a four-year battle with the cancer, something few actually knew about it.
In the immediate aftermath of his death, Boseman’s fans wondered what this meant for the future of the “Black Panther” franchise, specifically the film’s sequel.
- Marvel has a history of recasting major roles — Mark Ruffalo was recast as Hulk to replace Edward Norton, and Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard as War Machine.
‘Black Panther 2’
“Black Panther 2” had not started production before his death. Per Entertainment Weekly, the sequel had not started production before the coronavirus pandemic.
“Marvel’s What If ...”
- Marvel has another project set to debut in 2021 called “Marvel’s What If ...,” which will retell some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest events with new and fresh takes. Several MCU actors were slated to provide voiceover work for the project. It’s unclear if Boseman’s voice was used or if he had recorded anything before his passing.
- The fill cast included Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa and Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger from “Black Panther.” So there’s a good chance the two were supposed to face off.
Kevin Feige and Michael B. Jordan release statements on Boseman:
“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug … everything.”
Feige released the following statement:
“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family.”