The studio announced via their social media handles, the impressive lineup of films set to roll out in the new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with the inclusion of digital series.
Boseman passed away in August after a secret four-year battle with colon cancer. Since his cancer diagnosis and treatment was never made public, rumours were rife that his passing would put the future of the superhero film into doubt.
“His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is 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,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in a statement.
But a planned sequel to the 2018 smash hit — which saw Boseman play the first black superhero to get his own standalone film in the franchise — will still go ahead using “all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”
“To honour the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda,” with returning director Ryan Coogler “hard at work on the sequel now,” added Feige.
The original ‘Black Panther’, set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by critics and audiences, becoming the first comic book film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. It also grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
The sequel is due in theatres in July 2022.
In a packed presentation covering more than 20 upcoming Marvel films and series, Feige announced that a new ‘Fantastic Four’ movie will be directed by Jon Watts, who helped to reinvigorate the ‘Spider-Man’ films.
Disney acquired the movie rights to the ‘Fantastic Four’ characters with its recent takeover of the rival Fox film studio, which had produced a 2015 flop based on the comic books.