Black Panther May Appear Via Time Travel In Avengers: Endgame
It's widely believed that Avengers: Endgame will be a time-travel story, with the Avengers attempting to rewrite history in order to ensure the snap never happened in the first place. If that's the case, it's entirely possible the Avengers will meet past versions of familiar heroes. If the Avengers head to Wakanda at any time in the past, they're likely to cross paths with a Black Panther. According to the Black Panther Prelude comic, T'Challa earned the mantle of the Black Panther back in 2008, around the same time Tony Stark outed himself to the world as Iron Man. So he could conceivably return through time-travel.
Some set photos have suggested the Avengers are being pretty cautious when it comes to changing history. But if they really are attempting to avert Thanos' snap, then that means the Battle of Wakanda in Avengers: Infinity War will need to be the point in time where there are massive changes. T'Challa, of course, was a major part of that battle, leading his Dora Milaje into war against the Black Order and the Outriders. So, Black Panther, in some form, will need to return at the forefront of that battle where he fought alongside Chris Evans' Captain America.
Black Panther 2 Releases After Avengers: Endgame
Given the success of the first Black Panther movie, it's no surprise that Marvel Studios has a sequel in the works. Recently, Ryan Coogler signed up to return as both writer and director for the follow-up installment, and there were even reports that production was expected to begin in either late 2019 or early 2020. Marvel has a slot open in February 2021, so it's reasonable to assume that this is set aside for Black Panther 2. Given that the core Avengers will be gone after Avengers: Endgame, Black Panther will be pushed to the top of the MCU's chain of superheroes.
Naturally, Marvel will be keeping details of Black Panther 2's plot under wraps for as long as possible (especially until after Avengers: Endgame hits theaters this spring); the studio has long since earned a reputation for secrecy, and they've only gotten more and more secretive as time goes on. At this stage, though, absolutely nothing can be ruled out - not even the possibility that Michael Jordan could return as Killmonger. In the comics, Wakanda is the site of a mystical altar that can be used to resurrect the dead, and Black Panther was remarkably comic-book-accurate.
The end of Black Panther marked a radical change in Wakanda's status quo by fundamentally altering the nation's history, with King T'Challa reversing its centuries- (possibly millennia-) old policy of isolationism; for the first time ever, he opened the country's borders to the world. Presumably, Black Panther 2 will explore how that change has affected Wakanda, especially in the aftermath of Infinity War, and not to mention whether the nation's people are willing to unite behind T'Challa as he takes this unprecedented step forward. But before all that happens, Boseman's Black Panther will be returning in this year's Avengers: Endgame to wrap up the MCU's first saga.
- 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