In the wake of Chadwick Boseman's death in August, Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, announced that the studio will not recast his "Black Panther" character.
Boseman, who died of cancer at 43, played King T'Challa, or Black Panther, in the 2018 blockbuster film, which was co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler and co-starred Michael B. Jordan.
"Black Panther 2," which will "explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film," according to a tweet from the studio, will also be written and directed by Coogler. It is slated to open July 8, 2022.
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Feige provided updates on the new Doctor Strange film with Benedict Cumberbatch, coming in 2022; "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," led by Canadian actor Simu Liu; "Captain Marvel 2," coming during the 2022 holiday season; the addition of Christian Bale to the Thor universe; a new Blade film with two-time Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali taking over for Wesley Snipes; and even a "Guardians of the Galaxy" holiday special.
Joining the previously announced Hawkeye, Winter Soldier and Loki series at Disney+ will be a show featuring Iron Man's best friend, War Machine, played by Don Cheadle. Marvel also showed off a sizzle real for the series "Ms. Marvel," whose title character has become a fan favorite. Capitalizing on the popularity of everyone's favorite flora from "The Guardians of the Galaxy," Baby Groot will get a series of shorts on the streaming service.
Other updates from Feige about the Marvel Universe can be found below.
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Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, debuts March 25, 2022. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, & Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film ties to WandaVision & the next Spider-Man film.— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
@MarvelStudios' The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, an Original Series, starts streaming March 19 on @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/JoeIiNdMRz— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
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Black Widow chronicles Natasha Romanoff’s efforts to deal with her history as a spy long before she became an Avenger. Directed by Cate Shortland and starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz. In theaters May 7, 2021.— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
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Production has just wrapped for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Meet the fantastic cast bringing the film to life.#ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in theaters July 9th, 2021. pic.twitter.com/EPhXPMGDuk— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
Ms. Marvel, a newer character to Marvel comics has grabbed the world's imagination and we are excited to announce Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan.— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
Ms. Marvel, an Original Series from Marvel Studios, is coming late 2021 to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/ArHe8vMCXd
@BrieLarson returns as Carol Danvers in @MarvelStudios' Captain Marvel 2, directed by @NiaDaCosta. Joining the cast are recently announced Ms. Marvel, Iman Vellani, and Monica Rambeau played by WandaVision's Teyonah Parris.— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
Captain Marvel 2 flies into theaters Nov. 11, 2022 💫
Meet a new group of heroes in Eternals, an epic story spanning thousands of years. Directed by Chloé Zhao, starring @_RichardMadden, @Gemma_Chan, @KumailN, @LaurenRidloff, Brian Tyree Henry, @SalmaHayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, @BarryKeoghan, Kit Harrington, and Angelina Jolie.— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
Original Avenger @JeremyRenner returns to star as Hawkeye, teaming up with well-known archer from Marvel comics, Kate Bishop played by the amazing @HaileeSteinfeld. pic.twitter.com/zwkDpDdvE8— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
Additional cast include Vera Farmiga, Fra Free, and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez with episodes directed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie.— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
Hawkeye, an Original Series, is coming to @DisneyPlus. 🏹
She-Hulk arrives to the MCU! @TatianaMaslany will portray Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk and Tim Roth returns as the Abomination and Hulk himself, @MarkRuffalo, will appear in the series. Directed Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, She-Hulk is coming to @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/mN8l8bqA0u— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
@DonCheadle returns as James Rhodes aka War Machine in Armor Wars, an Original Series coming to @DisneyPlus. A classic Marvel story about Tony Stark’s worst fear coming true: what happens when his tech falls into the wrong hands? pic.twitter.com/kLfiQB90FS— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. @JamesGunn is back to write and direct.— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
The Original Special is coming to @DisneyPlus in 2022. 🎁 🎧 pic.twitter.com/rRkZsoxPgq
Everyone’s favorite little tree, Baby Groot, will star in a series of shorts on @DisneyPlus featuring several new and unusual characters.— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
I Am Groot, an Original Series from @MarvelStudios, is coming to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/6IiRzpIrYF
Academy Award-winning actor Christian Bale will join the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder as the villain Gorr the God Butcher. In theaters May 6, 2022. ⚡ pic.twitter.com/kByHkyJp6o— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
Coming from @MarvelStudios: Blade, a new feature film starring Mahershala Ali in the title role.— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
Peyton Reed is back to direct the third Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Paul Rudd, @EvangelineLilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer all return. @KathrynNewton joins the cast as Cassie Lang and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror. pic.twitter.com/CXivSDaZKE— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
Black Panther 2, opening July 8, 2022, is being written & directed by Ryan Coogler. Honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy & portrayal of T’Challa, @MarvelStudios will not recast the character, but will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film.— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
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