For months following his unexpected death, fans have wondered how Marvel would handle the possible recasting of Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther 2.
Last month, during Disney’s Investors Day, Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, has put the fan’s worries to rest, announcing that the studio would not recast the role of T’Challa for the upcoming sequel.
This was news to the fans’ ears and actress Angela Bassett as well. Bassett portrayed the mother of T’Challa, king of Wakanda, in the original film.
When recently interviewed on the decision, the actress could offer no insight into how the studio plans to move forward without including the T’Challa character. Still, she felt the story was in great hands.
Bassett did offer that those involved in the film production had to do an unarguable major sized pivot, and are to her knowledge, working on that as of the moment. When speaking of the loss of Boseman, Bassett commented:
“Our brother held it really close, really close to his check (referencing Boseman’s cancer diagnosis). But his legacy, his loss, the love and appreciation that we have for who he was and what he shared with us cannot be replaced.”
All that is currently known is that T’challa’s sister, Shuri, will have a more significant role in the film. Whether that may mean that she will be the next to suit up and take on the Black Panther’s mantle is yet to be seen.
The sudden death of Chadwick Boseman was a tremendous loss for all those who knew and worked with him. It was also a heartfelt loss for those millions of fans worldwide who he had an instant repertoire with but at the same time had never met.
Very few individuals come into our lives like Chadwick, and when they leave, it is felt on a deep emotional level.