After the demise of the King of Wakanda, Chadwick Boseman, Disney is struggling with how to proceed with Black Panther 2 that was scheduled to go into production in March.
Chadwick Boseman passed away on August 28, 2020 after battling cancer for four years.
Only a small group of people were aware of his battle with cancer outside his family and now studio executives are grieving and figuring out a way forward.
On Aug. 28, Marvel chief creative officer Kevin Feige received an urgent email regarding Chadwick Boseman, with no further information. By the time Feige read the message an hour later, Boseman already had died, sending shock waves through Disney and the tight-knit Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A week before his death, Chadwick was convinced that he will gain back his weight after beating cancer for the Black Panther 2. He was also set to prepare for the new film beginning in September.
The loss of Boseman to the franchise is immeasurable. Proving the same, Coogler wrote in his remembrance of the star: “I spent the last year preparing, imagining and writing words for him to say, that we weren’t destined to see. It leaves me broken knowing that I won’t be able to watch another close-up of him in the monitor again or walk up to him and ask for another take.”