Marvel Studios EVP Confirms Chadwick Boseman Will Not Be Replaced with Digital Double in ‘Black Panther 2’. The news was shared by Marvel Studios EVP Victoria Alonso who dispelled rumors that the studio was looking to replace Chadwick Boseman with a digital double in the upcoming Black Panther 2. Alonso shared,
“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 an official new direction for the sequel has not been announced at this time, many fans speculate that Letitia Wright‘s Shuri will assume the mantle of Black Panther as she is shown to do so in the Marvel Comics, but even Wright herself says it is too soon to discuss such matters and for the time being the cast and crew are still mourning Boseman’s death and that precious time should be respected.
Wright previously shared, “We’re just still mourning Chad, so it’s not something I even want to think about. 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.”
Though no plans 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 expected 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 May 6, 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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