Chadwick Boseman's role as T'Challa will not be recast in Black Panther 2.
Disney paid tribute to the actor – who died in August of colon cancer – by announcing that his iconic character will not be replaced in the sequel.
Chadwick died aged 43 in August after a four-year battle with colon cancer, having never publicly discussed his condition.
Disney said on Thursday that T'Challa won't be played by another actor setting out details of its upcoming Marvel superhero films and series.
"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," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said.
"It's for that reason that we will not recast the character."
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".
Kevin said: "To honor 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."
He added that returning director Ryan Coogler is "hard at work on the sequel now".
The original Black Panther, set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, was adored by critics and audiences.
It became the first comic book film to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and grossing over $1 billion worldwide.
The sequel is due in theaters in July 2022.
Chadwick was diagnosed with stage-three cancer in 2016, and secretly had "countless surgeries and chemotherapy."
The 21 Bridges star died at his home in Los Angeles on August 28.
He was buried on September 3 at Welfare Baptist Church Cemetery in Belton, South Carolina, 10 miles from his hometown of Anderson.
Since his death, news of Chadwick's kind gestures towards terminally ill children have emerged.
Back in September, Black Panther producer Nate Moore revealed their final texts had been about organizing gifts for a sick young boy from his Marvel character, T'Challa.
And in a resurfaced clip on 2018, Chadwick was seen breaking down and crying when speaking about two kids with terminal cancer.
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