Rest in peace, Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick’s untimely passing shocked many around the world. Chadwick played the of T’Challa the Black Panther, and according to Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, Marvel will not be recasting Chadwick’s role. Rightfully so.
Feige shares in a statement, “I wanted to acknowledge the devastating loss of a dear friend and member of the Marvel Studios family,” Feige explained. “Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally. His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past. It’s for that reason that we will not recast the character. However, to honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film. Writer/director Ryan Coogler is hard at work on the sequel now, and we’ll bring the film to you in theaters July 8, 2022. ”
Chadwick passed away at the age of 43. The actor was battled colon cancer for four years while giving us iconic roles such as James Brown and Jackie Robinson before skyrocketing in the Marvel Universe as T’Challa in the hit movie “The Black Panther.”