Following the death of beloved star Chadwick Boseman, Marvel Studios confirms they will not digitally recreate the actor for any subsequent Black Panther films.
Executive Vice President Victoria Alonso told Clarin, “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 five 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,” she said.
Alonso told the publication that they are taking their time to decide how best to proceed with the story. Disney announced in August that Black Panther 2 will begin filming in 2021 and is slated for a 2022 release.
“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.
Boseman died in August after a battle with colon cancer.