The “Black Panther” is big, and the actor who played that character in the movie is even greater in stature, so Marvel Studios will not attempt any enhancement of the late Chadwick Boseman in the “Black Panther” sequel.
Marvel said that contrary to some industry whispers, there are no plans for using a CGI-type effect to create a body double for Boseman, who died of colon cancer at 43 in August.
Marvel’s parent company is Disney, which used CGI effects to simulate and/or enhance performances by actors who had recently died, including Peter Cushing in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and Carrie Fisher in “Star Wars: Episode IX–The Rise of Skywalker.”
Marvel Studios’ Executive Vice President Victoria Alonso, in an interview with a newspaper in Argentina called Clarin, talked about the plan. “There’s only one Chadwick and he’s no longer with us. Sadly, our king has died in real life, not only in fiction, and we’re taking a little time to see how we continue the story and how to honor this chapter of what has unexpectedly happened to us, so painful and terrible to be honest,” Alonso said.
“Chadwick wasn’t only a wonderful human being every day of the five years we spent together, but also, I believe, that what he did as a character elevated us as a company and has left his moment on history,” she continued.
“Black Panther 2,” with Ryan Coogler again writing and directing, is scheduled to begin filming early next year and is expected to be released to theaters in 2022.
Boseman’s final acting role in the film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” is set to premiere on Netflix on Dec. 18.