It’s hard to imagine Black Panther without Chadwick Boseman, but unfortunately, we have to get used to it.
At Disney’s D23 Expo in 2019, August 24, Marvel officially announced that “Black Panther 2” will arrive in theaters on May 6, 2022, but we didn’t know at the time that we would have to say a painful goodbye to the lead character. Chadwick Boseman died of terminal colon cancer at the age of forty-three.
Production has begun on “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” the follow-up to 2018’s cultural phenom “Black Panther”. Marvel Studios’ chief Kevin Feige told Variety the production on the sequel started on Tuesday (June 29) at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta.
“It’s clearly very emotional without Chad, but everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans,” Feige shared at the global Black Widow fan event Tuesday night in Los Angeles. “We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”
Director Ryan Coogler is returning to direct from his screenplay, and Feige says that everyone from the original cast is also coming back — without, of course, Chadwick Boseman.
The opener was a genuine cultural phenomenon that hauled in over $1.3 billion at the box office to go down in history books as the first superhero film to ever be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and it ultimately walked away with three prizes for Costume Design, Original Score and Production Design from a total of seven nods.
It’s also the twelfth highest-grossing movie of all-time, the most commercially successful solo outing in the MCU‘s history, and the only one of the franchise’s seven biggest box office hits that doesn’t feature Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark. Those are daunting footsteps to follow in for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, which hits theaters on July 8, 2022.
It’s nothing new that Marvel is always up to something big. The next film that we won’t have to wait much longer for is “Black Widow”, starring Scarlett Johansson.
It seems that Marvel really fell in love with Hungary when they shot “Black Widow”. They’ve already taken a peek at the new film studio in Budakalász in Hungary, whose existence hasn’t even been decided yet.