Here Are the Latest Production and Casting Updates for Marvel’s ‘Black Panther 2’

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Ryan Coogler will be coming back to direct Black Panther 2, however, Marvel Studios is still deciding how to move forward without Chadwick Boseman and honor his character.

It is confirmed that the movie will not use a digital double for Boseman. Black Panther executive producer Victoria Alonso said, “No. There’s only one Chadwick, and he’s no longer with us. Sadly, our king has died in real life, not only in fiction, and we’re taking a little time to see how we continue the story and how to honor this chapter of what has unexpectedly happened to us, so painful and terrible to be honest.”

“Chadwick wasn’t only a wonderful human being, every day of the 5 years we spent together, but also, I believe, that what he did as a character elevated us as a company, and has left his moment on history,” Alonso expresses in an interview with the Argentine newspaper Clarín.

With all the craziness all over the world, it’s easy to forget this its the first year in over a decade that Marvel Studios has not released a new film. Black Widow was supposed to take that title however it was not meant to be and has been delayed until 2021.

According to Deadline, the sequel is set to begin filming early in 2021 and debut in 2022. On top of directing, Coogler will also be back as the writer for Black Panther 2.

“I know that sometimes in productions, 2 or 3 months goes by and we say that too much time has passed. But it’s not too much time. We have to really think about what we’re going to do next and how. And decide how we’re going to honor the franchise,” Alonso said.

After Boseman’s death, Coogler decided to put production for Black Panther 2 on hold. While nothing has been confirmed, several entertainment reports believe that Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, and Winston Duke will all be set to return. Other casting updates include Tenoch Huerta, who has been recruited to play the role of an unidentified villain.

This leaves the plot for the film up in the air with the biggest fan theory hoping that Wright’s character Shuri could take over some or maybe all of Black Panther’s duties, which is canon in the comic book world.

Coogler definitely has his work cut out for him, having to restructure a narrative without its beloved hero in a world that may look very different after the events of the coronavirus; but if there is one thing Marvel Studios is known for, it’s accomplishing the impossible.