How to make the Black Panther sequel... without Black Panther ? Despite the sadness surrounding the premature death of its main character, Chadwick Boseman, the Marvel and Disney studios don't give up the idea of a sequel to the saga. And seem to have found the solution.
Read also : The Social Dilemma: This New Netflix Documentary Points To The Dark Side Of Social Networks
On Saturday, August 29th, 2020, the whole world woke up in shock to learn of the disappearance, at only 43 years old, of actor Chadwick Boseman, star of the Marvel Black Panther franchise. Appearing very thin in recent months, we learned that the actor had lost his battle against colon cancer on Friday, August 28, diagnosed in 2016, and against which he had been fighting in the shadows since then. As soon as his death was announced, a shower of tributes flooded the social networks. Testimonies of affection from anonymous people but also from Hollywood, such as the actor Denzel Washington who, it was learned, had financed his theatre classes, but also from Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt... The question then arose: what future for the hero of Wakanda on the screen? In spite of the pain surrounding this premature disappearance, the project of giving a sequel to Black Panther is not abandoned. And Marvel and Disney studios would have found the solution.
Marvel and Disney would have reached an agreement
When an actor suddenly disappears while working on a film, there are several options. If the simplest seems to be to cast another actor to replace him, other solutions are possible, especially in the case of a franchise. As proof: Star Wars, Skywalker's Ascent, released in December 2019, which sees Carrie Fischer's latest screen appearance. The interpreter of the eternal Princess Leia died on 27 December 2016, before the shooting of the ninth opus in which she was to play a central role. J.J. Abrams, the director of this opus, had enough filmed but untapped footage from the Awakening of the Force era to rewrite certain scenes in the film around the character of Carrie Fisher to make her come back and interact with the other characters. However, according to WeGotThisCovered, which quotes sources close to Disney, the Marvel studios and the Big-Eared Stable have agreed on another alternative: to kill T'Challa/Black Panther, the character played by Chadewick Boseman.
"According to information, the idea for the moment is that T'Challa will be deleted from Black Panther 2 before the story begins, as he will apparently die off-screen. Shuri (aka T'Challa's sister, played by actress Letitia Wright, editor's note) will then take over and become the new protector of Wakanda," – WeGotThisCovered
the same source, indicated that for the time being, details as to how they will make the hero disappear are still unclear, "but the film itself will undoubtedly seek to pay tribute to an actor who inspired an entire generation, and that to make a film capable of honouring the legacy of what Chadwick Boseman brought to the role is the most moving tribute they can pay to him". For the time being, Black Panther 2 is still announced for a theatrical release in 2022.