Black Panther Sequel Back on Track
Marvel Studios has begun work on the sequel to Black Panther. The studio sidelined the sequel after the unexpected death of star Chadwick Boseman. Production was supposed to start in March 2021 but got delayed as cast, crew, and Marvel grieved.
What You Need to Know
The film will primarily film in Atlanta, and rumor has it that they might have locked down the movie’s villains too. Tenoch Huerta, from Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, is in talks to play one of the villains. His identity is still unknown, so comic book enthusiasts can start speculations. Coogler previously mentioned that he had wanted Kraven the Hunter to make an appearance in the first film; perhaps he might get his wish this time around.
Chadwick Boseman’s Passing
After Boseman’s passing, fans online campaigned for Letitia Wright’s character, Shuri, to assume the duties of the Black Panther as per the comics. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett are all expected to return for the sequel.
Marvel has not yet revealed how it plans to film the series without Boseman, but reassured fans that it will not use CGI to include the actor in the film. Marvel Studios’ EVP Victoria Alonso had this to say in that regard:
“There’s only one Chadwick and he’s not with us, our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction. We are taking a little time to see how we return to history and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really.”
The shoot will last for “upwards of six months”. And that’s quite a long time for a film, even for an ultra-sized superhero blockbuster like Black Panther. This may mean this will be one of those really special films for the fans and production.
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