To honour the memory of Chadwick Boseman, his character in Black Panther will not be recast. Marvel Studio confirmed the news on Thursday.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige said the blockbuster’s sequel will explore the world of Wakanda and all the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.
Boseman led the hit 2018 film as T’Challa, the king of Wakanda, before his death in August at 43-years-old.
Feige Boseman’s performance was “iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past”.
“And it’s for that reason that we will not recast the character,” he said.
Black Panther, made $1.3bn at the global box office. It was the first superhero movie with a black lead character and the first to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars.
Director Ryan Coogler, who made the original, is already “hard at work” on the follow-up, which is due for release in July 2022, Feige added.