What Will Become of Black Panther?

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Max Lindenbaum, Journalist

On 8/28/2020, the world unexpectedly and tragically lost Chadwick Boseman, an inspirational and extremely talented actor.. Boseman died peacefully in his home in South Carolina with his family by his side after suffering from colon cancer for four years. In 2016 Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer, and despite multiple surgeries and chemotherapy the cancer progressed to stage IV. [Given the survival rate of colon cancer (40% -Stage III, 10% -Stage IV) Boseman chose to create with whatever time he had left. In the time since his diagnosis he gave us: Marshall, Black Panther, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers Endgame, 21 Bridges, Da 5 Bloods, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom set to release later this year].

However, in the wake of this tragedy, many are left to wonder, how will the MCU’s (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Black Panther continue without the very man who plays the part? The short answer is we don’t know. At the moment all plans for the sequel to Black Panther are suspended.. However I can confirm that Boseman’s character, T’Challa or the Black Panther will not be returning to the MCU, meaning that they aren’t just going to find an actor to replace Boseman.

Because Marvel confirmed that T’Challa would not be returning, large amounts of speculation has risen from the public in the form of ideas for how the Wakandan story should continue. Many believe that Shuri, T’Challa’s sister, played by Letitia Wright should take over the mantles as Queen and the Black Panther while others think that Nakia, T’Challa’s love interest, played by Lupita Nyong’o should be taking on that role. However, as interesting as it is to theorize about the Wakandan story, I can confirm that for the time being there is no plan nor ideas (as far as we know) as to who and how the mantles of King/Queen and Black Panther will be passed.