Marvel Studios released a trailer for the Phase Four section of their cinematic universe and without a surprise it’s quite thrilling. However, there is a bit of sadness when it comes to one of the movies.
Besides the exciting flicks Spiderman: No Way Home and Black Widow that are hitting screens in the next two years, Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever will also release on July 8, 2022.
Undoubtedly it will be interesting to watch Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever after the passing of the original lead, Chadwick Boseman. The star’s death on August 28, 2020 after battling with colon cancer shocked the world.
When it came to the creative direction of the sequel, filmmakers knew the value Chadwick added to the character, so confirmed that he will not be replaced.
In a statement made on Twitter in December 2020, Disney stated that Marvel Studios “will not recast the character, but will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film.”
“Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally,” Marvel president Kevin Feige said in a statement. “His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past.”
Actress and co-star Letitia Wright who played T’Challa’s younger sister Shuri in the first film, said the thought of the sequel without Chadwick Boseman is a little “strange”
Some Black Panther fans have speculated that Wright’s character, Shuri, could become the main character in the sequel and the film could possibly focus on her rise.
Some other fans came up with another theory that shows the possibility of Michael B. Jordan reprising his villainous role as Eric Killmonger. Although it’s highly unlikely since the character was killed by the Black Panther in the first film.
The released supertrailer also includes confirmation of other long-awaited films: Black Widow (July 9, 2021), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3, 2021), The Eternals (November 5, 2021), Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022), Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6, 2022), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (July 8, 2022), The Marvels (November 11, 2022), Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023.)