How Marvel Could Take Inspiration From ‘Star Wars’ to Bring Chadwick Boseman Back for a ‘Black Panther 2’ Cameo
The Marvel family is still grieving the sudden loss of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. Just weeks before Boseman was planning to start training for the sequel, he died of colon cancer at the age of 43. As Marvel boss Kevin Feige moves forward with phase 4 of the MCU, fans still have many questions about how they will deal with Boseman’s passing. Rumors have been swirling that Letitia Wright’s Shuri will replace T’Challa and become Black Panther. But now, a new report claims that Marvel could take inspiration from Star Wars. Will they bring back Boseman digitally for a Black Panther 2 cameo?
How can Marvel make ‘Black Panther 2’ without Boseman?
As CNet notes, many fans feel like they are betraying Boseman by even thinking about a Black Panther sequel. It’s difficult to imagine a Black Panther movie without him. After hearing the news of Boseman’s death on August 28, Feige said in a statement that it was “absolutely devastating.”
“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating,” Feige said. “He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life.”
While it isn’t uncommon for superhero franchises to recast roles, this is a different situation. The enormous loss of Boseman leaves Marvel in unchartered territory. Recasting T’Challa appears to be a no-go. Passing the Black Panther mantle to Shuri seemed inevitable, even before Boseman’s death. But how will Marvel handle T’Challa’s exit from the MCU? This is the biggest question of all.
Marvel is reportedly considering a Boseman CGI cameo in ‘Black Panther 2’
According to We Got This Covered, Feige might go the same route with Boseman in Black Panther 2 that Disney took with Carrie Fisher. Fans will remember that Disney chose to digitally recreate Fisher in The Rise of Skywalker after her death.
For many, it would not be a fitting tribute to Boseman if there was just a reference to T’Challa dying off-screen. But how would fans feel about a posthumous digital recreation of Boseman, similar to Princess Leia?
This could be a controversial option for some. Now, insider Daniel Richtman claims Marvel is considering a CGI cameo from Boseman.
“I hear that Marvel might go the Carrie Fisher route by having a CGI double cameo to give Chadwick’s character closure,” he says.
There’s no doubt that Feige and everyone at Marvel want Black Panther 2 to be a fitting tribute to Boseman. But, if the CGI cameo doesn’t look right, it could come across as tasteless. It’s not clear if Feige is consulting with Boseman’s family about how to handle the situation. But, it would make sense that he would want their blessing.
The ‘Black Panther’ comics could hint at Shuri’s future in the MCU
Well before Boseman’s death, fans expected that Shuri would eventually take over as Black Panther. The reason is that is what happened in the comics.
As Inverse points out, the MCU has never adopted a Marvel comics story panel for panel. But the movies often find inspiration from their printed counterparts, and they retool elements to accommodate the MCU.
One theory is that T’Challa’s possible cameo will close out his character by giving advice to Shuri. He will pass on the mantle of Black Panther to his tech-genius sister. Then – just like Tony Stark – she could work some scientific magic in a Wakandan laboratory with some vibranium. With her own formula, she could create her own Black Panther powers.
Showing the moment of T’Challa’s death doesn’t seem likely. But, Feige and the Black Panther writers will have to come up with a way to explain his exit. Marvel definitely has time to figure out the direction they want to take. Principle photography is expected to begin in the spring of 2021. Black Panther 2 is expected to hit theaters on May 6, 2022.