Following the tragic and unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020, many questioned what would be done for the role of “Black Panther” in its sequel film. Specifically, if the role of the “Black Panther” would be recast as someone else. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, discussed why the company chose not to recast the late “Black Panther” actor.

“It just felt like it was much too soon to recast,” Feige told Empire Magazine. He later said how the plan is to follow the comics that inspired much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Stan Lee always said that Marvel represents the world outside your window. And we had talked about how, as extraordinary and fantastical as our characters and stories are, there’s a relatable and human element to everything we do. The world is still processing the loss of Chad. And Ryan poured that into the story.”

Feige later spoke of the conversations he had with Ryan Coogler on shaping the story of Black Panther 2. “The conversations were entirely about, yes, ‘What do we do next?'” Feige explained. “And how could the legacy of Chadwick – and what he had done to help Wakanda and the Black Panther become these incredible, aspirational, iconic ideas – continue? That’s what it was all about.”

Here is the official description of the sequel film “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”:

“In Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death,”

What are your thoughts of why Marvel Studios chose not to recast “Black Panther” in its sequel following the tragic and unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020? Let us know in the comments! 

Sean Sposato
The Main Street Mouse