It’s a question many had asked after his tragic death this year. Who could possibly step into Chadwick Boseman’s shoes as the Black Panther?

Marvel has now confirmed that they won’t be recasting the role of Black Panther’s T’Challa for the sequel that’s due in July 2022.

Kevin Fiege, Marvel Studios Chief says they will pay tribute to the actor but will rely on other characters instead. He also confirmed Ryan Coogler is writing and directing the much-anticipated film. Speaking during a Disney presentation for investors, Fiege described Boseman’s performance as iconic. He also expects the sequel to “explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”

Boseman died at the age of 43 from colon cancer.

In a statement at the time, Fiege pays tribute to Boseman: “Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible.”

“He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages.”

Marvel also recently had to deny rumours that they were planning to use CGI to recreate Boseman’s presence. Executive Vice President Victoria Alonso said to Clarin: “There’s only one Chadwick, and he’s not with us. Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and 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.”

Boseman’s final film is a drama called Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, coming to Netflix December 18th.

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