While the world mourns the sudden death of the Black Panther, we reflect on exceptional legacy he left behind. Chadwick Boseman died on the 28th of August, 2020, after a long and silent battle with cancer. The blockbuster Marvel movie has set the tone of hope for the black community and world at large since its release. Following the death of the movie’s lead actor, the question on what the future holds for the Black Panther movie project looms.
Undoubtedly, Chadwick Boseman’s poise, command and character was a perfect fit for the marvel cinematic universe movie. The movie demonstrated its success by grossing over $700 million domestically, ranking up to fourth on the all-time highest-grossing movies in North America and went on to win three Academy Awards from seven nominations. All of these made movie lovers all over the world clamour for the second part of the Black Panther movie, especially with the success also recorded by the Avengers: Endgame movie, people want to know what happens to T’Challa and the Wakanda kingdom next. According to Marvel Studios, the Black Panther was set to continue its solo adventure, as there have been rumours about the release date of Black Panther 2. The death of its lead character might just be a clog to the movie’s production.
Over the years, we have witnessed several crossover movies from Marvel Studios, and they have intertwined them beautifully. This would cause a massive plot twist to the prospective Black Panther movie because the producers will try to fit it in as best as they can. Given that the movie would be released several years after T’Challa and others were brought back from Thanos’ snap, it is not clear how the Black Panther movie will make reference to the Endgame. However, what is certain is that the Wakanda people had to live without their king and half of its population for close to five years, we will witness societal changes in the plot for that.
For now, Marvel is likely to keep the details on the movie’s thriller, cast, story and script details on the down-low and join the world in honouring the memory of Chadwick Boseman. We can not wait to hear the chants “Wakanda Forever” once more, and in the wise words of T’Challa, “in my culture, death is not the end, it is more of a stepping off point. You reach out with both hands and Bast and Sekhmet, they lead you a green veld where you can run forever…”. Rest in peace Chadwick Boseman.
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