Upon its theatrical debut in 2018, Black Panther was a massive hit at the box office for being Marvel’s first all-black superhero film. After first introducing the Black Panther character in Captain America: Civil War, we finally got to see the prince turned king T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) assume the role as the leader of the hidden African colony of Wakanda. The film found him tackling the villain Killmonger and struggling to come to terms with the fact that his lineage is a messy one of corruption that must be toppled. Ranking in over $1 billion worldwide, it was pretty much a given that there would be a Black Panther 2 in the works.
Plans were in motion but then 2020 brought the shocking news of the death of Chadwick Boseman. The news came as a shock given how young the actor was and his rising career in such high-profile pictures as Da 5 Bloods and Ma’s Rainy Black Bottom. So what will happen with Black Panther 2?
Boseman’s Black Panther co-star of Lupita Nyong’o spoke to Yahoo about what the sequel will look like in terms of being a Black Panther without Boseman.
“People will ask me, ‘Are you excited to go back?’ Excitement isn’t the word. I feel like I’m in a very pensive and meditative state when it comes to Black Panther 2. His passing is still extremely raw for me. And I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be like to step on set and not have him there.”
While Lupita can’t yet reveal just who will take on the new mantle as king, she did talk a bit about the production and the film’s returning director of Ryan Coogler.
“But at the same time we have a leader in Ryan, who feels very much like we do, who feels the loss in a very, very real way as well. And his idea, the way which he has reshaped the second movie is so respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world. So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this. And hopefully, what I do look forward to, is getting back together and honoring what he started with us and holding his light through it. Because he left us a lot of light that we’re still going to be bathing in. I know that for sure.”
Black Panther 2 is currently set to debut in theaters on July 8, 2022.