The emotions connected with the unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman are slowly settling, and although we will always feel a little bit uncomfortable talking about its potential influence on Marvel Cinematic Universe, we cannot avoid such predictions and discussions. After all, it's about the future of one of the most important movie superheroes of recent years. Let's ask ourselves a question - what next with Black Panther?
Since 2018 we know that Marvel is planning to create a sequel to the first movie starring this character, but from the very beginning it included the presence of Chadwick Boseman. Some people are wondering if it would be possible, for example, to recreate the actor with the help of CGI (this was done, for example, with Princess Leia in the latest Star Wars trilogy). The issue was raised by the executive producer at Marvel Studios, Victoria Alonso (in an interview published in the Argentinian magazine Clarin):
"“No. There’s only one Chadwick and he’s not with us. Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking a little time to see how we return to history and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really."
So we can be rather sure that the option with CGI Boseman is out of the question, which is probably a good call if we think about the possible controversy of such significant use of the image of a deceased person for entertainment purposes. So a new casting for the role of T'Challa or a complete change of concept for the next movie to one that does not include the same character seems most likely. We still have to wait for the official information. So far we only know the initial release date, currently scheduled for May 6, 2022.