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During Disney's investor day presentation on Thursday, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the next Black Panther film will "honor the legacy" of the late Chadwick Boseman and not recast the character.

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A Black Panther sequel has been in the works since almost immediately after the first film hit theaters in 2018, with Ryan Coogler quickly signing on to write and direct the second film. But plans for Black Panther 2 were put into question after Boseman’s devastating death earlier this year, at the age of 43. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has recast its superhero roles before, like Mark Ruffalo taking over from Edward Norton as the Hulk and Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard as War Machine, but Marvel fans were quick to denounce the idea of recasting T’Challa, citing Boseman’s powerful performance.

The sequel is scheduled to hit theaters on July 8, 2022.

It remains to be seen how Marvel will continue Black Panther’s story, with the sequel reportedly starting production in summer 2021. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett are expected to return for the new film, although their participation has yet to be confirmed. (In the comics, T’Challa’s sister Shuri, played by Wright, takes over from her brother as the ruler of Wakanda and eventually takes up the Black Panther mantle herself.)

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