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Marvel: CGI is not an option for filming Black Panther 2

Marvel: CGI is not an option for filming Black Panther 2

Marvel set to start the production for Black Panther 2 in 2021. However, the studios are still working out how they will film without Chadwick Boseman. Marvel Studios EVP Victoria Alonso dismissed the CGI option and nixed the idea of having a body double to play King T’Challa’s character. In an interview with Argentinian newspaper Clarin, Alonso said that the film will not go that route.

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Marvel: CGI is not an option for filming Black Panther 2

Black Panther became a huge inspiration for young black people as it gave fans the first high-profile black Marvel superhero, marking a major milestone. Aside from that, it also left an enormous cultural footprint as it grapples with complicated themes like race and identity.

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The Marvel executive noted how Boseman’s portrayal of King T’Challa remains so significant for the studio.

“No. There’s only one Chadwick and he’s not with us. Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction. We are taking a little time to see how we return to history and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really.”

In the same interview, Alonso also praised Boseman both personally and professionally. She called him “a wonder of a human being every day for the five years that we spent together.” Then, she noted that he elevated Marvel as a company, leaving a moment in history. She also added that Marvel will think carefully about how they’re going to honor the franchise.

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Black Panther 2 theory

Referencing the comic book’s storylines, many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have theorized that Letitia Wright’s Shuri, the late actor’s co-star, and his on-screen little sister, will become the Black Panther in the sequel. Fans hoped that the MCU would show the Dark Reign era of the Black Panther series which launched in 2008.

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That volume opened with Doctor Doom brutally attacking T’Challa after the King refused to join Norman Osborn’s cabal. Barely alive and severely injured, he returned to Wakanda before his wife Queen Ororo, took over leadership duties. She, then, immediately nominated Shuri to become the next Black Panther.

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Shuri as the Black Panther

Of course, she focused her efforts on proving her worth as she completed a series of challenges. She walked barefoot across the fire and meditated for hours in a scorpion pit. Aside from that, she also free-climbed the mountain that was home to heart-shaped herbs which happened to be surrounded by a pride of panthers.

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Many fans hoped that MCU would follow this storyline which could be a huge deal for many young women of African descent. She oversees the technological operations of the superscientific nation while being the funniest character in the movie. Black people remain historically underrepresented on screen, and black women in strong roles even more so.

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Movies have a long-lasting impact on people. A good movie changes the audience and there are tons of evidence to back that up. After The Hunger Games and Brave in 2012, young women started participating in archery competitions. Stealing every scene, Wright’s Shuri provides a science-y role model for young black women, a group distinctly underrepresented in STEM fields.

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