According to the Marvel Studios President and the director of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Kevin Feige, the sequel will honor Chadwick Boseman.
Ryan Coogler will direct the sequel. After the death of Chadwick Boseman (King T’Challa in the movie), Feige said that they would not recast the character to pay tribute to the actor. According to Kevin, the role “is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past.”
To “honor the legacy that Chad helped us build,” Kevin said they would continue exploring the world of Wakanda and all other characters that were introduced in the first part of the movie.
Chadwick died after fighting against colon cancer for more than four years. In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Kevin said that Chadwick’s death
hit all of us extremely hard and at the same time as it hit the world because we didn’t know either, and there were all sorts of questions. Our first thought, for many weeks afterward, had nothing to do with the movie. It had to do with him and his family and his wife and his legacy, and really, we were looking to Ryan Coogler to guidance as one, frankly, always should about almost everything in life
While Coogler was working on multiple drafts of Black Panther II with co-writer Joe Robert Cole, he said in a conversation with Marvel Studios that “essentially came down to continuing the legacy of Wakanda and continuing with that storyline in a very meaningful, respectful, and yet still hopeful and fun and exciting way, which was difficult after losing Chad.”
No plot details about the sequel are known right now. The movie cast includes Martin Freeman, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit the theatres on July 8, 2022.