Chadwick Boseman, known best for roles in movies like Black Panther, Marshall, and 42, died on Aug. 28, 2020, after a battle with colon cancer. But in the wake of his sudden death, fans are wondering what it means for the release date of Black Panther 2 or if there could even be a movie without the title character Chadwick brought to life across multiple films.
The most pressing matter following Chadwick’s death isn’t necessarily whether or not one of his planned films will still be released. But fans of Black Panther and the Marvel Cinematic Universe have come to see Chadwick as a role model and force as Black Panther, or T'Challa, himself. And now, the fate of Black Panther 2 appears to be up in the air.
What is the 'Black Panther 2' release date?
Before Chadwick’s death, the planned release date for Black Panther 2 was May 6, 2022. That would have given producers plenty of time to complete the movie and edit in all of the necessary special effects and continue Black Panther’s storyline after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Like the other scheduled movies within the MCU, Black Panther 2 would continue to follow at least one of the superheroes in a solo storyline.
However, with Chadwick’s untimely death, much about Black Panther 2 remains uncertain, possibly including the original release date. If the title character is recast or the planned central storyline needs to be reworked, then the release date might need to be pushed back a bit. So far, however, no one from Marvel Studios has announced a new official release date for Black Panther 2.
I don’t think people understand how deep Chadwick’s role in black panther was. The MCU never had a black protagonist before. Black people that never even watched a superhero movie before lined up to watch Black Panther because it marked the start of a new era, a step forward.— KxngFade😼👑 (@AdeniranFade) August 29, 2020
Fans definitely don't want T'Challa recast in 'Black Panther.'
One thing Black Panther fans don't want is for T'Challa to be recast. Chadwick was *the* Black Panther and to find someone else to suddenly fill his shoes in the role would be a disservice to the character and to Chadwick. In order to continue with Black Panther 2, Shuri could become the new Black Panther, as she rose to power as such in the Marvel comics at one point. But as of right now, that’s just a theory among some fans who are still unsure what to think about the future of the film.
"Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating." Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and chief creative officer of Marvel, said in a statement. "He was our T'Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life."
Did 'Black Panther 2' finish filming in 2020?
Black Panther 2 was originally part of Marvel’s Phase Four, but as of 2020 and as of Chadwick’s death, production has not begun on the sequel. That being said, it's possible for the writers to craft a storyline that is befitting of Chadwick and pays tribute to him in some way. Since filming didn't even start, there is time to work on a script that possibly includes Shuri as his heiress to the title, but recasting Chadwick simply isn't an option, as far as fans are concerned.