Martin Freeman Doubted Black Panther 2 Would Happen After Boseman Died

Martin Freeman, who plays Everett K. Ross in the MCU, says he doubted Black Panther 2 would happen after Chadwick Boseman passed away.

Martin Freeman doubted Black Panther 2 would happen after Chadwick Boseman died. The original Black Panther movie earned widespread critical praise and broke box office records when it premiered in 2018, and Marvel wasted no time putting together the highly-anticipated sequel. However, the conversation around Black Panther 2 is very different now, following Boseman’s death last August. Those involved with the franchise believe Black Panther 2 has an obligation to honor Boseman and his legacy. The film is scheduled to come out in May 2022.

Since Boseman debuted as T’Challa in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, he’s been synonymous with the role. For that reason, the very idea of making a new Black Panther movie without him is difficult to comprehend, and many are curious to see how the film turns out. That includes the MCU’s Everett K. Ross actor Freeman, who for a time figured Black Panther 2 wouldn’t happen at all.

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In an interview with Collider, Freeman discussed Black Panther 2 and opened up about his thoughts following Boseman’s passing. See his comments below:

“Just before Chadwick died, if my memory serves correctly, the script had gone in. They had the script and they were working on the script, and then Chadwick died, and [I] sort of immediately thought, ‘Oh, okay, I could see a world where there’s no Black Panther then, because how can you do a Black Panther without Black Panther?’ So, I still don’t know what that’s going to look like. And no, obviously, before Chad died, the idea of doing it without him would have been a stupid idea. It would have been crazy. It was very shocking, and still is very, very strange, that he is not here. So, I’m as curious as you are to see what that will look like and I find out quite soon. All I know is that I’m in it.”

Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther

Black Panther 2 plot details are being kept under wraps, but it has been confirmed Marvel is not recasting T’Challa and will not use CGI to recreate Boseman’s likeness. In the comics, the Black Panther is a mantle assumed by different individuals, so a common belief is the movies will follow suit. It’s possible Shuri, T’Challa’s sister, becomes the next Black Panther onscreen, which could be a poignant way to commemorate both Boseman and the character he brilliantly portrayed. That idea has gained support amongst viewers, as evidenced by fan art of Shuri in the iconic Black Panther costume. Whatever happens, it certainly isn’t something the creative team is taking lightly. Star Lupita Nyong’o recently said director Ryan Coogler has some exciting ideas for Black Panther 2, so hopefully the talented helmsman can craft something powerful.

As Freeman alludes to, Black Panther 2 is gearing up to film soon, with June being the target date for production. The plan for the film could become clearer around that time. Marvel is known for their secrecy, but this is a case where it could be logical to be more transparent. Perhaps when principal photography begins, Marvel could release a statement shedding some light on the Black Panther 2 narrative and how the film plans to honor Boseman, as this is a very sensitive subject several are curious to learn about. Rather than having it be the topic of speculation in the year leading up to the film’s premiere, Marvel could get ahead of the conversation by making an official confirmation.

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Source: Collider

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