Black Panther was a huge success for Marvel Studios, but the devastating news of the passing of Chadwick Boseman put a huge question mark on the sequel. At the Disney Investors Day in December, Kevin Feige finally shed some light on how the studio would proceed.
Rumours had circulated that the studio would use CGI to add Boseman into Black Panther 2 but Feige shot these rumours down. At Investors Day he stated that the sequel will go ahead and the role of T’Challa would not be re-cast.
While we can take a positive from the above that the world of Wakanda will live on, the idea of one without Boseman is a hard one for fans to get their heads around. It’s even harder though for those who worked with the star and called him a friend.
One of those fellow actors is Lupita Nyong’o who plays Nakia. Speaking on the Ellen Degeneres show, Nyong’o spoke about how she is struggling with the loss of her colleague and friend, Chadwick Boseman.
Nyong’o also commented about how the sequel will honour Boseman’s legacy.
How the MCU will handle the character going forward is not yet confirmed but it seems as though the studio is trying to do right by the actor. Recently Black Panther director Ryan Coogler said developing the sequel without Boseman was the “hardest thing he has to do in his life”.