No one actually had doubts that Marvel's BLACK PANTHER would do well, especially after Chadwick Boseman's first turn at the title character, in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Still, the movie's runaway success when it came to theatres in late January 2018 was unprecedented. BLACK PANTHER was a smash hit by any standard, and a sequel was all but guaranteed. The sequel announcement had to wait until after AVENGERS: ENDGAME, however.
Now we know that BLACK PANTHER II is in the works — and that we won't see it for a few more years. Here's everything we know about Marvel's plans to make a majestic sequel to the studio's huge hit.
Marvel has announced a huge Phase Four slate, with films scheduled through 2022. The bad news is that BLACK PANTHER II is right at the end of that schedule, with a May 6, 2022 release date. In fact, the BLACK PANTHER sequel may actually be part of Phase Five. (Which may not really matter at all; we'll have to see how Marvel builds themes and an overarching story into Phase Four.)
In a word, no. BLACK PANTHER II has not even been fully written at this point, and the shoot is a long way off. Production is expected to begin either late in 2019 or in early 2020.
Chadwick Boseman will naturally return as T'challa, and there's a rumor that Michael B. Jordan will be seen once again as Killmonger. We don't know exactly how that could happen, given the conclusion of BLACK PANTHER, but this is a Marvel movie, so anything is possible.
Letitia Wright will almost certainly be back as Shuri and there's a good chance that Lupita Nyong’o will reprise her role as Nakia. Danai Gurira has confirmed she will once again play Okoye, head of Wakanda's special guard, the Dora Milaje.
Martin Freeman has said he'll be back as CIA agent Everett Ross. Freeman told Collider in August 2019, "As far as I know, I will be [returning]. As far as I know, I will be in another Black Panther. That's my understanding. As to when that will happen, I don't know."
Writer/director Ryan Coogler is working on the BLACK PANTHER II script now, and will be behind the camera when the film shoots in the next few months. We don't know which other crew members will return alongside him, but we do have a wishlist.
BLACK PANTHER was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture (the first such nomination for a superhero movie), Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Song (for "All the Stars"), Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. It won three: Ruth Carter, for Best Costume Design, Ludwig Goransson for Best Original Score, and Jay Hart and Hannah Beachler, for Best Production Design. We hope all those winners are back for the sequel.
It is far too early to even guess at the story in BLACK PANTHER II, but there are already rumors of one new character who will play an important role. Namor, the Sub-Mariner, an Aquaman-like anti-hero and occasional villain who is one of the oldest Marvel characters, may surface to menace Wakanda. In AVENGERS: ENDGAME, Okoye mentions reports of earthquakes off the coast of Wakanda, and that line has been taken as an early hint that Namor is making waves. Because the character is one of Marvel's oldest, the rights to Namor are more complicated than most, even with the reunification of Marvel's characters following the Disney/Fox merger. It's too early to definitively say that Namor will swim into the story, but we wouldn't be surprised to see him.
Much of the heavy fighting in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR took place in Black Panther's home nation of Wakanda. So even before taking the effects of the Blip, which vaporized half the country's population for five years, Wakanda was probably in need of serious repair.
While it's too early to make guesses about the plot of BLACK PANTHER II, we can speculate a bit about how we'll get to the 2022 release. We will almost certainly see Black Panther and Wakanda again in one or two other movies, before getting to the character's proper sequel. There's no chance that Marvel will let the character of Black Panther go silent until 2022, so it's just a matter of which film he crops up in.
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