Disney will not recast Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa for the upcoming Black Panther sequel.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed the decision during Disney’s Investor Day on Thursday, according to IGN. Black Panther 2 is set to begin production in July 2021 and is expected to debut in 2022. There’s still no word on how Marvel and Disney will handle Boseman’s absence in the storyline; however, fans suspect Shuri (Letitia Wright) may become the next titular superhero, as she is said to have a much larger role.
Black Panther 2, opening July 8, 2022, is being written & directed by Ryan Coogler. Honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy & portrayal of T’Challa, @MarvelStudios will not recast the character, but will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film.
— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020