Black Panther 2 won't feature a digital version of Chadwick Boseman

Susannah Alexander
·2-min read
Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

From Digital Spy

Black Panther 2 will naturally be different to how fans may have previously envisioned it following the sad death of star Chadwick Boseman from colon cancer in August 2020.

Now it's not possible to have a new performance from Boseman, Marvel boss Kevin Feige has reiterated his previous statements that the sequel won't feature a digital version of the actor or a different actor playing T'Challa.

Innovative technology has enabled filmmakers to increasingly feature 'performances' by actors who have now passed away, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story employing this technology to feature versions of Grand Moff Tarkin and Leia Organa, originally played by Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher respectively.

But there will be no such digital representation of T'Challa in Black Panther 2, as Feige confirmed to Deadline.

Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

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"So much of the comics and that first movie is the world of Wakanda," he said. "Wakanda is a place to further explore with characters and different subcultures. This was always and initially the primary focus of the next story. We're not going to have a CG Chadwick and we're not recasting T'Challa."

Although the exact plot details for the sequel haven't yet been announced, it seems that our next visit to Wakanda will see us spend time with a range of characters while exploring the "mythology" of Wakanda more deeply.

"(Writer and director) Ryan Coogler is working very hard right now on the script with all the respect and love and genius that he has, which gives us great solace, so it was always about furthering the mythology and the inspiration of Wakanda," Feige explained.

"There's also the task of honoring and respecting the ongoing learnings and teachings from Chad as well."

Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

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However, Boseman's voice will still feature in new Marvel Disney+ series What If...? as Feige has confirmed that the actor "recorded numerous episodes" of the alternate reality show before he passed away.

Boseman plays a younger and animated version of T'Challa in the series, with one episode featuring him being abducted by Guardians of the Galaxy's Yondu (Michael Rooker) and becoming the leader of the Guardians.

As for Black Panther 2, we can expect to see the returns of Shuri (Letitia Wright), Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), M'Baku (Winston Duke) and Ramonda (Angela Bassett), with Shuri potentially set for a larger role in the sequel.

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