The upcoming sequel Black Panther 2 is scheduled for release over four years after the first film debuted, but there’s a reasonable reason why Marvel Studios is in no immediate rush. Black Panther was directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) and starred Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, also known as T’Challa. Coogler is set to return for a planned sequel scheduled for a May 2022 release, but many fans are still wondering why the second instalment wasn’t the fast track, especially given the Black Panther prolific success.
Black Panther made his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War when T’Challa joined Iron Man’s side after the death of his father, T’ Chaka, during the signing of the Sokovia Agreement. In 2014, Bozeman reprised his role as T’Challa for the first solo film. T’Challa returned to Wakanda to take possession of the throne left by his father but was opposed by his cousin Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). The last legacy allowed him to claim the throne, and he managed to defeat T’Challa to become the leader of Wakanda; However Black Panther regained its strength and proved its worth.
Black Panther was a hit with audiences, raising over $ 1,300,000,000 at the box office. It also became the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The success of Black Panther set a new standard for movies in the MCU and the entire superhero genre. Marvel Studios and its CEO were pleased with the accolades of the film, but it also put a massive amount of pressure on any kind of Black Panther sequel. For this reason, Marvel and Coogler are in no hurry to produce the sequel as they seek to develop something meaningful and authentic to the realm of Marvel.
Ryan Coogler Wants to Create Something Special with Black Panther 2
By the end of 2018, Coogler signed on to write and direct Black Panther 2 for Marvel. It was not until July 2019 that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that the sequel was officially in development with a 2022 release date tied to the project. Coogler has publicly stated that his team is not intentionally rushing the sequel because they want to create something that has meaning. It will be tough to strike gold again, but there is a lot of confidence in Feige Coogler.
During the back end of 2014 with Coogler focusing on Cult II, as well as its upcoming projects like the untitled Fred Hampton project and Space Jam 2, Marvel Director gave enough time to develop T’Challa’s next story. It is also not uncommon for many years to move between solo films; It was the same with Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok, as well as the Ant-Man movies. With the MCU’s Black Widow launching Phase 4, the studio is seen turning the page on a new chapter of the franchise. Focus on Marvel’s future will be a mix of new and old in terms of superheroes, but Black Panther will undoubtedly have a few more chances to shine.
While waiting for Black Panther 2, fans were at least given a few appearances by T’Challa in the MCU. The character has a leading role in Avengers: Infinity War when the action against Thanos moved to Wakanda. Black Panther was one of the first figures to disappear after the photo but was revived when Bruce Banner activated Infinity Stones in Avengers: Endgame. The Black Panther and his forces arrive at the Avengers Compound in the final battle against Thanos before returning to Wakanda. The sequel will focus on T’Challa’s reign without the presence of a galaxy-wide threat, but new villains always emerge. It is unclear if Black Panther 2 is part of MCU Phase 4; However, details will likely begin to appear soon since filming is rumoured to begin in early 2019.
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