Marvel Studios Confirms Chadwick Boseman Will Not Be Replaced in ‘Black Panther 2’. During The Walt Disney Company Investor Day 2020 we learned about dozens of confirmed and new titles coming to Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Disney+, National Geographic and more. One such confirmations was the official news that Marvel Studios will not be replacing Chadwick Boseman in the Black Panther sequel.
Disney released a formal statement during the Investor Day events, stating: “Black Panther 2, opening on July 8, 2022, is being written and directed by Ryan Coogler. Honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy and portrayal of T’Challa, the Black Panther, Marvel Studios will not recast the character, but will continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”
Earlier this year Marvel Studios EVP Victoria Alonso denied rumors that Boseman would be replaced with a digital double in the new film, sharing,“No. 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 a little time to see how we return to history and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really.”
She continued, “Because Chadwick was not only a wonder … but it also seems to me that as a character what he did elevated us as a company, and has left his moment in history. I know that sometimes two months go by or three months go by in production and one says, already, 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.”
Though no plot details for the film have been made public for the Black Panther sequel we do know that Boseman had previously recorded content for Marvel Studios new Disney+ animated series, What If…? and it is now confirmed in a new trailer for the series that those vocal recordings will be used in the upcoming series despite his passing.
Black Panther 2 directed by Ryan Coogler is expected to premiere July 8, 2022 in theaters pending the outcome of the global pandemic. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Marvel!
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