The plans for the ‘Black Panther’ sequel are beginning to take shape after the untimely death of Chadwick Boseman.
Production on the film was initially supposed to begin in March 2021, but according to new reports the film will start filming in July in Atlanta and last for six months.
Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta, who was one of the stars of Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, is in talks to play one of the antagonists, sources tell THR. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett are expected to return for the new feature, with some saying Wright’s character may take on a more prominent role.
Marvel, which had no comment on this story, has not revealed its plans on how it plans to proceed without Boseman, although it has indicated that it will not use CGI to include the late star in the film.
While Black Panther 2 is receiving special attention, it is the many Disney+ series that are under heavy scrutiny from Kevin Feige and his executives.
“The series are the priority,” says one source with knowledge of the company’s strategy. “Ramping them up takes a lot of focus. The movie machinery is well established.”
In March, the Feige-run studio begins production on both She-Hulk, starring Tatiana Maslany, and Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight. All will debut on Disney+ as Marvel’s parent leans on the studio to deliver, in the words of Disney CEO Bob Chapek, “world-class, franchise-based content” to its 73 million global subscribers. The shows are launching hopeful franchises that are to tie to the movie side of Marvel and, with merchandising, comics and more, across the Disney brand.
WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, debuts on Disney+ on Jan. 15, and the studio is working to complete the first seasons of Loki and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, both of which were partially shot before COVID-19 shuttered production. The studio also recently began the Atlanta shoot of Ms. Marvel, starring newcomer Iman Vellani.
On the film side, the next chapter is being carefully planned for a cinematic universe that has spanned 23 movies and grossed $22.55 billion globally. Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are already filming with experienced Marvel hands, Jon Watts and Sam Raimi, respectively.
It’s nearly-impossible to imagine a ‘Black Panther’ sequel without Chadwick Boseman, but we’re sure if anyone can make magic in his absence it’s Disney/Marvel.