Marvel Studios is absolutely making Black Panther 2, and largely knows what the story will be. Chadwick Boseman made his debut as T'Challa in Captain America: Civil War, and the immediate reaction showed Marvel made the right call in readying his solo movie for two years later. That time is now here, and Black Panther's box office further cements another mega hit for the studio. With it set to cross $1 billion any day now, there's already plenty of excitement in a sequel.
Every MCU movie has generated a sequel to this point (other than The Incredible Hulk), so there was never going to be an instance where Black Panther 2 didn't happen. It is certainly going to take the place of one of the recently announced new Marvel release dates, and will likely return much of the cast too. Ryan Coogler's yet to officially agree to return, but the studio already knows where they want this world to go next.
EW spoke to Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige about the future of the MCU after Avengers: Infinity War, and the conversation obviously included what would be next for Wakanda. Feige reiterates that there's no firm details he can share just yet (like a release date, cast, director, etc.), but guaranteed Black Panther 2 is coming and that they generally know what is to come.
Nothing specific to reveal, other than to say we absolutely will do that. One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one.
After just scratching the surface of Wakanda, there's a number of different directions the sequel could go. Whatever it is will follow the massive attack witnessed in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, but Wakanda is likely safe in the end. Marvel wouldn't introduce such a rich world only to completely destroy it just a few months later. However, that doesn't mean that the events won't significantly change the country and its people.
The post-credits scenes for Black Panther showed that Wakanda is opening up its doors, with T'Challa starting an outreach program. That concept will surely be part of the sequel's story, but there's so much more they can do to. Many fans are hoping that a sequel brings Namor into the fold as the film's villain, while we even think Winston Duke's M'Baku should get that role after he stole every scene. There's also the chance the Fox-Disney deal closes before this movie really gets going, which could then allow for Storm to be introduced. These are just a few points Black Panther 2 could use, and hopefully they're done with Coogler back behind the camera.
Black Panther 2 is currently in development and does not have a release date.
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019