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.
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.