Chadwick Boseman’s passing took not only fans by surprise but also Marvel who knew nothing of his illness and were already planning Black Panther 2
“ I have spent the last year preparing, imagining, and writing words for him to say that we were not meant to see. It leaves me broken to know that I will not be able to see another close-up of him on the monitor or go to him and ask for another take ”. These are the parting words that Ryan Coogler, director of Black Panther, has dedicated to the late Chadwick Boseman. The sudden death of the actor at age 43, after fighting colon cancer for four years, took not only the public by surprise but also his colleagues in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In The Hollywood Reporter, they say that very few people outside his family knew regarding Chadwick Boseman’s disease, and this small group did not include anyone from Marvel. Kevin Feige, the head of the MCU, received an urgent email advising him an hour before the actor’s death. In fact, Boseman remained convinced that it would be kept until a week before his death. In September he was listed to start planning for Black Panther 2, with a view to starting production in March 2021.
Black Panther, a film that earned $ 1.347 million worldwide and inspired a black empowerment movement in America, was scheduled for release in May 2022, again under the direction of Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the King of Wakanda. The character was going to be key in Phase 4 of the MCU that has just begun.
Since soon after Chadwick Boseman’s death, Black Panther fans have filled social media with an unequivocal message: they don’t want a replacement in the role of T’Challa. Besides, few actors would dare to play the role so early, taking into account the respect and love that Boseman earned from the public and the industry in such a short time.
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