Despite advances in modern filmmaking, we won’t be seeing Chadwick Boseman reprise his role as Black Panther on the big screen.
Victoria Alonzo, Marvel Studios Executive Vice President, says that there are no plans to digitally recreate the late Chadwick Boseman for Black Panther 2.
While modern technology hypothetically enables the industry to recreate late performers and insert them into movies, both filmmakers and fans alike have historically cringed when presented with a fully CGI version of a once-living star. Alonzo assured Marvel fans last week, through an Argentine newspaper, that Boseman will not be digitally recreated with CGI technology.
“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. 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 in history,” Alonzo said.
While Boseman made a name for himself with biopics like 42 and Get On Up, he’ll always be remembered for being a trailblazer in the superhero world as Black Panther. Beginning with 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, Boseman ruled as King T’Challa and Black Panther for four movies.
The planned sequel would’ve seen Boseman return as The Black Panther before his tragic passing in August this year. The actor had been secretly battling colon cancer since 2016 while simultaneously starring in seven films, including the physically-demanding Black Panther.
The actor’s untimely death will certainly be addressed in the not-yet-titled Black Panther II. The upcoming sequel is directed by Ryan Coogler and is currently scheduled to be released on May 22.