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Marvel will not recast Black Panther after Chadwick Boseman’s passing

But Black Panther 2 is happening

Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther Photo: Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios
Matt Patches is an executive editor at Polygon. He has over 15 years of experience reporting on movies and TV, and reviewing pop culture.

This August, actor Chadwick Boseman died at the age of 43 from complications with colon cancer. In the weeks that followed, many at Marvel paid tribute to the actor for his contributions both to the Black Panther franchise and to the acting world as a whole.

Those tributes won’t end there: As confirmed by Kevin Feige at Disney’s 2020 Investor Call, Marvel Studios will not recast the role of T’Challa out of respect for the late actor.

But that’s not stopping Marvel from actively developing a sequel to the Oscar-winning, billion-dollar comic book movie. Feige confirmed that original writer-director Ryan Coogler is actively at work on the film, which will return fans to the world of Wakanda.

Could Michael B. Jordan somehow return to the film? There were already rumors. Could Letitia Wright’s Shuri step in as the hero? It happened in the comics.

Whatever the case, at Marvel, Boseman will remain the one and only T’Challa. The film is currently slated to hit theaters on July 8, 2022.

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