Let's first address that which is indisputable: no one will EVER be Chadwick Boseman. He's irreplaceable. He was a star among stars, and - in the brief time he was allowed to grace our screens - he made an indelible impact, solidifying himself as one of the most gifted actors of our generation. Boseman passing away before he had the chance to reach his zenith will surely go down as one of the most tragic untimely losses in the history of film.
Many people are wholly against the idea of casting a new actor in the role, and understandably so. He will forever be T'Challa to millions upon millions of adoring fans, no matter how Marvel decides to proceed with Black Panther going forward. That's where the question arises: how WILL Marvel decide to proceed?
Marvel VP Victoria Alonso recently shot down the idea of using a CGI double for Chadwick Boseman, so the two options they have are: allow a preexisting character to take up the mantle, or allow a new actor to carry the torch. If it's the latter, it has to be done in a way that doesn't diminish the incomparable job Chadwick Boseman did bringing the character to life.
Whether Marvel decide to recast or pass the mantle onto a pre-existing character, here are 10 actors who could play Black Panther in the sequel, some familiar to the series, others not so much.