The late Chadwick Boseman had privately been battling colon cancer for 4 years before his death last week, but he wasn't planning on letting that stop him from filming "Black Panther 2" in the coming year.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, up until a week before his death, a source close to the actor said Boseman was confident he'd be well enough to start gaining weight back in September and preparing for "Black Panther 2," which had been scheduled to start filming in March 2021.
The publication reports that aside from family and a handful of insiders, no one knew about Boseman's battles with colon cancer.
The star was even set to appear in a slew of other films featuring his character T'Challa as he had done for "Captain America: Civil War," "Avengers: Infinity War," and "Avengers: Endgame."
Director Ryan Coogler mentioned he'd been pinning the script for Boseman's charcter over the past year.
"I spent the last year preparing, imagining and writing words for him to say, that we weren’t destined to see," he wrote in an emotional tribute to the actor.
"It leaves me broken knowing that I won’t be able to watch another close-up of him in the monitor again or walk up to him and ask for another take," he continued.
There are currently no plans for what will happen with "Black Panther 2," but some Marvel fans are calling for producers to pass the torch from T'Challa to Letitia Wright’s Shuri to follow a similar storyline to the comics.
Disney sources told the Hollywood Reporter that the company is more concerned about processing their grief and pay tribute to Boseman rather than stress over what will come of "Black Panther 2."