In the days following Chadwick Boseman’s death, I felt it was unseemly the way people so quickly began wondering about the future of Black Panther. I get it. The Marvel franchise means a lot to people and it’s understandable they want to know what’s happening with the sequel. According to co-star Letitia Wright, who could be poised for a much bigger role as Shuri, development on a sequel is the last thing on their minds right now. Mourning Boseman’s passing is.
Wright tells Net-A-Porter…
“We’re just still mourning Chad, so it’s not something I even want to think about. The thought of doing [the sequel] without him is kinda strange. We’re just grieving at the moment, so it’s trying to find the light in the midst of it.”
Of course, a Black Panther 2 will happen. It’s just a matter of when. We learned that Boseman kept his illness private, with plans to return as T’Challa when production began. Because of that, any ideas Marvel and Ryan Coogler might’ve had will need to be scrapped. This is a very tricky situation that’s similar to when Paul Walker passed away, with the Fast & Furious franchise continuing on without him. How do you do that in a way that doesn’t offend Boseman’s fans who want to see his absence treated with respect?