Following Chadwick Boseman’s death in August, Marvel Studios has ruled out the possibility of digitally recreating the late actor for ‘Black Panther’ films.
In an interview with Argentinian publication Clarin, Marvel Studios Executive Vice President Victoria Alonso replied to a question about digitally recreating Boseman’s likeness for the next film, saying there’s “only one Chadwick and he’s not with us.”
“Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking time to see how we continue the story and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really.”
Marvel’s parent company Disney has garnered criticism in the past for resurrecting actors for the usage of CG, most notably with Peter Cushing’s Moff Tarkin in Rogue One.
Shooting for the Black Panther sequel was orignaly planned for early next year, with for a release set for 2022. The company has yet to announce any delays.
Alonso hinted that Marvel won’t be making a decision on the franchise’s future any time soon: “Sometimes two months go by or three months go by…and you say, well, it was a long time. But…we have to think carefully about what we are going to do, and…how we are going to honor the franchise.”
Ryan Coogler, writer and director on both the first film and its upcoming sequel, said that he was unaware that Boseman was battling cancer and his death came as a shock.
Letitia Wright, who starred alongside Boseman in the first film, recently said that it’s too early to talk about plans for the sequel.