Lupita Nyong’o acknowledges that Black Panther 2 will feel”different” without lead star Chadwick Boseman, but Marvel lovers should still be happy with the upcoming sequel. Even though Boseman passed a year ago following a four-year battle with cancer, the decision had been made to proceed forward with the projected follow-up film. A word from Marvel is that Boseman’s function will not be recast, nor will be digitally inserted into the film.
“It’s going to be different, of course, without our king [Chadwick Boseman] … but I know that all of us are dedicated to reimagining or carrying on his legacy in this new #BlackPanther.” — @Lupita_Nyongo https://t.co/i9rZzYvW4s pic.twitter.com/NcxvWy8rmd
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 3, 2021
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What exactly will happen in Black Panther 2 without Boseman remains cloudy, however, Lupita Nyong’Decision is convinced the result will correctly honour his heritage. Asked about an update on the sequel on Good Morning America, Nyong’o stopped short of revealing any particular plot information, but teased that director Ryan Coogler has some”really exciting” ideas for the film. From the interview:
“You understand, in authentic Marvel form, I don’t have anything to tell you… It’s gonna be different, needless to say, with no king, to return into that world, however I know that all people are devoted to reimagining or carrying on his legacy in this new Black Panther. And [director] Ryan Coogler has some exciting ideas that I look forward to bringing to life with the rest of the family.”
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther 2 will bring back returning stars Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, and Nyong’o. Tenoch Huerta has also reportedly been in talks to play the antagonist. No plot details have been shown beyond including some returning characters. There has been a lot of speculation from fans that Shuri or another personality will measure up to honour T’Challa since the upcoming Black Panther, however, Marvel has remained very silent on the creative plans for the next installment.
Along with Black Panther 2, Coogler is also developing a new MCU series set in Wakanda to further enlarge the Black Panther mythology. From the works at Disney+, the show hasn’t been given an official release date yet. It is also not clear if the series will bring back any personalities from the Black Panther films. The information was supported with an announcement from The Walt Disney Company executive chairman Bob Iger.
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and scope have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” Iger said. “With Dark Panther, Ryan attracted a groundbreaking story and iconic personalities to life in a real, meaningful and memorable way, developing a watershed cultural moment. We’re thrilled to strengthen our relationship and look forward to telling great stories with Ryan and his team.”
Black Panther 2 is scheduled to be released on July 8, 2022. A part of this MCU’s Phase 4, the sequel will be arriving around the same time as several other Marvel follow-up films, like Captain Marvel 2, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The initial Stage 4 movie will arrive this summer when Black Widow is released in theaters on May 7, 2021. The information comes to us in Good Morning America.