Marvel Studios President Said The "Black Panther" Sequel Would Make Chadwick Boseman "Proud"

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You've seen Black Panther.

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The film, produced by Marvel Studios and based on the franchise's namesake comic book character, broke box office records and won multiple Oscars after it debuted in 2018.

Jay Hart and Hannah Beachler at the Academy Awards after winning Best Production Design

Black Panther is one of the highest grossing movies of all time, and the first comic book and superhero film to receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture.

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A sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is officially in the works, and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed that production began in Atlanta this week during a recent Variety interview.

Although Feige noted the sequel's cast and creatives are "excited" to start filming, he also acknowledged Chadwick Boseman's absence. Chadwick, who starred as Black Panther in the original film, passed away from colon cancer in 2020.

Chadwick Boseman is photographed at an event for "Black Panther"
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"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Feige told Variety. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans."

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The sequel also aims to pay tribute to the late actor's legacy, he said, adding, "We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Lupita Nyong'o, John Kani, Danai Gurira, and Connie Chiume are photographed at the premiere of "Black Panther"
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever "will continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film," according to Marvel.

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Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya and Winston Duke are reportedly returning for the sequel, and I can't wait.

Winston Duke, Carrie Bernans, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Sterling K. Brown, Letitia Wright, and Ryan Coogler at the NAACP Image Awards in 2019
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to premiere on July 8, 2022.