This week it Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that Black Panther II will proceed with shooting and will not recast the role of T’Challa, which was personified by the late actor Chadwick Boseman.
The beloved actor lost a private battle against colon cancer in August of this year.
According to Marvel, the sequel will focus on the citizens of Wakanda, as well as other characters that were introduced in the blockbuster first installment.
It was also stated that Boseman’s image would not be digitally inserted into the film either. Fans of the comic book version of the Black Panther canon are aware that Suri, the sister of T’Challa, donned the mantle of the Black Panther for an extended period while T’Challa was off-world fighting other evils.
Actress Letitia Wright played the role of Suri to great fanfare in the MCU and folks are already speculating that the sequel will see her in the role of the Black Panther, the official title for head of state in the Kingdom of Wakanda.
However, Wright herself is currently facing backlash regarding points of view that have stirred allegations of anti-trans and anti-vaxxer against her. So, while it would make perfect sense for Suri to become the new Black Panther, the currents of cancellation are currently pushing her out of the good graces of many in MCU fans.
We’ll keep you posted with the latest developments.