The sudden death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman shocked many fans and left them wondering what this meant for his role as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Executives at Marvel answered those questions when the executive producer, Victoria Alonso, announced that the studio had no plans of including a digitized version of him in future films.
“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,” Alonso said. “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.”
Director Ryan Coogler had been working hard on the script at the time of Boseman’s passing and was ready to make Boseman a part of future films.
Black Panther 2 is set to begin filming the earlier part of next year for a 2022 release.