After the tragic passing of star Chadwick Boseman, Marvel Studios would be well within their rights to draw a line under the Black Panther franchise completely, and allow T’Challa’s first standalone outing to live on as a permanent monument to the legacy of the man under the mask.
However, the next few months will see many conversations going on behind the scenes between Kevin Feige, director Ryan Coogler and the returning cast and crew, with the sequel originally scheduled to start shooting next March in order to meet the May 2022 release date. In fact, Boseman was so determined to defeat the illness that took his life that he was set to begin training for his return in a matter of weeks.
We Got This Covered is reported that, according to sources, the plan is for T’Challa to be written out of Black Panther 2 before the story starts as he’ll apparently die off-screen. Shuri will then assume the mantle and become Wakanda’s new protector on a permanent basis. Details beyond that remain unclear, but the film itself will no doubt look to pay respect to an actor that inspired a generation and convinced them that they could be heroes, and it would seem that the studio feels that making a movie capable of honoring the legacy of what Chadwick Boseman brought to the role is the most poignant tribute that they can give him.
There has not been any confirmation from Disney on this information, which is typical of WGTC news, but I thought this was worth sharing.