Many are still mourning the unfortunate passing of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman. The 43-year old MCU actor is beloved by fans for his memorable roles on the silver screen. Even Marvel chief creative officer Kevin Feige is shocked by the sudden passing since few knew of Chadwick’s cancer battle.
Only a handful of non-family members knew that Boseman was dealing with cancer. Those who knew include producing partner Logan Coles, longtime agent Michael Greene, trainer Addison Henderson and “42” director Brian Helgeland. However, they all had varying degrees of knowledge about the severity of the actor’s condition. No one involved with Black Panther was aware, says a Hollywood Reporter source. It was Boseman’s wish to keep his cancer battle private.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is planning a Black Panther 2 movie, but now the future is in question. The sequel’s filming schedule would start March 2021. It’s unlikely they had a backup plan since few knew of Boseman’s cancer. Of course, Disney sources say the company is still processing its grief and that its focus at this stage is to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman. So any notion on the making of a Black Panther sequel is on the back burner — for now.
The movie studio will have to eventually make a decision for the future of the MCU. One option is to recast his character. However, the popular fan request right now is to have actress Letitia Wright succeed as Shuri being the new Black Panther. This would align with her character’s prior history in Marvel Comics.