Late last week, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman tragically lost his battle with colon cancer at the age of 43 after a private four-year fight. In the announcement on the actor’s Twitter account, it was revealed that all but a close circle of family, friends and medical professionals were aware of Boseman’s condition.
The shock of losing the much-beloved star has resulted in an outpouring of tributes from fans and co-workers alike. Online, some fans have been left to speculate about what Boseman’s passing will mean for the future of the MCU. Many have assumed that someone, most likely Kevin Feige, at Marvel Studios and Disney were kept in the loop. A new report suggests that they were left as shocked and saddened as the rest of us.
The news comes via an article by Tatiana Siegel on The Hollywood Reporter which states that Marvel Studios and Disney had no knowledge of the actor’s condition. In fact, it wasn’t until Kevin Feige received an urgent email regarding Chadwick Boseman on August 28th that they became aware. Reportedly, Feige saw the email an hour later but by that time Boseman had already died.
The article went on to say that despite an alarming loss in weight, Boseman “was convinced until about a week before his death that he was going to beat cancer and would be able to gain the weight back for a Black Panther sequel”. Production on Black Panther 2 was scheduled to begin in March, but Boseman was prepared to begin as soon as September.
The Hollywood Reporter also states that Marvel Studios was planning to use T’Challa/Black Panther in multiple interlinked MCU projects, but all of that has now obviously changed. However, Marvel and Disney aren’t currently thinking about the planned sequel or the working on a change of plans for the future of the MCU. Instead, the company are grieving and thinking of ways to honour Boseman.
As the Disney source said to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s still too early to begin speculating what might happen with Black Panther 2 and any other plans that Marvel Studios had for the character. Now is a time to pay tribute to the late and great Chadwick Boseman. In time, I’m certain that whatever they decide to do will be respectful to the star.