By Stephen Ippolito | June 30th, 2021
During a Global Fan Event for Black Widow on Tuesday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has officially started production in Atlanta, Georgia.
With the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman last August, the film will undoubtedly be emotional to work on for its cast and crew. During the event on Tuesday night, Variety caught up with Feige and asked him about the start of filming without Boseman.
“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. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”
Back in December, Feige announced that out of respect for Boseman, the role of T’Challa (aka Black Panther) would not be recast. While it has yet to be confirmed, it’s expected that T’Challa’s sister Shuri (played by Letitia Wright) will instead take up the mantle as the Black Panther.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will see Ryan Coogler return as writer and director. Plot details for the film are still heavily under wraps. However, it has been reported that the sequel will involve a conflict between Atlantis and Wakanda. It’s also been reported that the film’s villain, Namor, will be played by Narcos: Mexico actor Tenoch Huerta.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters a little over a year from now, on July 8, 2022.