Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, the star of Black Panther, Disney and Marvel have reportedly made a decision on how to move forward with the franchise.
Last week we discussed a couple of the options Marvel Studios has to move forward with the Black Panther franchise. Following the devastating death of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel has some big decisions to make.
Would they simply end the franchise completely? Allow T’Challa to live in infamy following a single film in which he stars. Black Panther grossed over $1.3 billion at the box office. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture as well.
The film’s sequel was originally scheduled to start shooting March 2021 and would debut in theaters in May 2022. Although very few people know of his battle with colon cancer, Boseman was determined to defeat the illness so that he could return as Black Panther. Unfortunately and tragically, Boseman lost his fight and passed away unexpectedly.
His death rocked Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler released a statement saying, “I haven’t grieved a loss this acute before. I spent the last year preparing, imagining and writing words for him to say, that we weren’t destined to see. It leaves me broken knowing that I won’t be able to watch another close-up of him in the monitor again or walk up to him and ask for another take.”
Sources say that Disney and Marvel have come to a decision on the fate of Black Panther and will be in fact moving forward with the sequel. With some major changes.
According to industry sources, the plan is for T’Challa to be written out of Black Panther 2. He will die prior to the story beginning and his sister Shuri will be ome Wakanda’s new protector. Black Panther 2 will focus on her.
Although T’Challa will be written out of the story following the death of Boseman we expect the film to greatly honor and pay respect to him. T’Challa was an inspiration to so many and we hope Marvel Studios pays him the respect he deserves. We suspect they will.
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