By Stephen Ippolito | January 27th, 2021
With the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman last August, there’s a lot of uncertainty of what Black Panther 2 will be about without it’s star. In December, at Disney’s Investor Day, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that the film will still be made and that out of respect for Boseman and to preserve his legacy, he will not be recast.
One way of filling his absence that’s been reported is to have T’Challa’s sister Shuri take over as the new Black Panther. Another way, which has been more of a fan theory/suggestion, is to bring back Michael B. Jordan’s Erik “Killmonger” Stevens.
In a recent interview with People, Jordan was asked if he would return as Killmonger.
“Being in that world in a character that I loved playing, and working with [writer/director Ryan Coogler] and all that good stuff, it’s family. We created a family over there,” he continues. “So to be able to be in that world again is something that, I think, will always be on the table in some capacity.”
Since Killmonger died at the end of the first film, I would say there’s a very slim chance of this happening. You might be able to have some kind of flashback, but other than that, I can’t see Coogler coming up with a good way to resurrect him. I wouldn’t use the multiverse either as a way for his return. It just feels like a cop-out and is already being used as a major plot point for the next Spider-Man and Doctor Strange films.
Filming for Black Panther 2 is expected to begin in July and will hit theaters in July 2022. One casting rumor that’s been reported is that actor Tenoch Huerta is being eyed for as the villain.