All hail the king. At San Diego Comic-Con in July, Marvel’s Kevin Feige confirmed that Marvel Studios is working on a sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, the Oscar-nominated hit entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and in a follow-up Marvel Studios presentation at D23 in August, Feige confirmed a release date for Black Panther II.
Black Panther, released in February 2018, was a groundbreaking entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the box office gross and cultural impact to prove it. It was also one of the last movies to be released in Marvel’s Phase Three, hitting theaters just before Avengers: Infinity War, which set the stage for Avengers: Endgame last April. King T’Challa, aka the Black Panther himself, had made his debut in Captain America: Civil War, starred in his solo film, and then was promptly turned to dust at the end of Infinity War. On this side of Endgame, he’s back. But what does the future hold for him?
Here’s everything we know about Black Panther 2, including new details about the plot, casting information, who’s directing, and more.
When Is Black Panther 2’s Release Date?
Black Panther 2 will be the first movie in Marvel Studios’ Phase Five after Thor: Love and Thunder closes out Phase Four. At Disney’s 2019 D23 convention, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige called writer-director Ryan Coogler out on stage to confirm a May 6, 2022 release date for the film.
Who Is Writing and Directing Black Panther 2?
In October 2018, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Ryan Coogler will be back to direct the Black Panther sequel. According to THR’s report, Coogler had already begun working on the script (as of April 2019, that is) in the hopes of beginning production in late 2019 or early 2020.
Marvel Studios publicly confirmed Coogler’s involvement in August 2019 during Disney’s D23 convention.
Who Is Starring in Black Panther 2?
Chadwick Boseman will reprise his role as T’Challa, having been revived by the Hulk during Avengers: Endgame. It’s similarly a safe bet that Letitia Wright will be back as Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o will return as Nakia, and Danai Gurira will return to play Okoye.
Winston Duke will also likely return for Black Panther 2 as M’Baku, who is now more ready than ever to team up with T’Challa to protect Wakanda after the events of the first Black Panther, Infinity War, and Endgame. Additional likely returning cast members include Daniel Kaluuya (as W’Kabi) and Angela Bassett (as Queen Mother Ramonda).
Martin Freeman, who played CIA agent Everett Ross, confirmed to Collider that he will return to the MCU and likely in the sequel to Black Panther, but admitted he didn’t know much.
“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,” he said.
In July 2019, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige offered some tantalizing potential casting information that not only makes sense — but it would also make for a very fun addition for the sequel. Speaking with BET about Spider-Man: Far From Home, the topic of Nick Fury came up. When asked if Nick would ever make it to Wakanda — something actor Samuel L. Jackson lamented his character wasn’t able to do in the first film — Feige offered the following comments.
“There hadn’t been discussions about it previously from anybody except Sam. What the future holds, who knows? Sam was very funny in this round table we did talking about how he’d disappeared for a while. He shows up in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and then he’s not in Captain America: Civil War and hadn’t been in a number of the movies for a while. I remember meeting with him two years ago and saying, ‘I know it’s been a while, Sam. Here is our plan. 2019 is going to be the year of Fury.’ And we walked him through young, two-eyed Fury in Captain Marvel, the one poignant shot of him in Endgame and seeing him in this [film]. And it’s fun now to see the year of Fury complete.”
2019 may be the Year of Fury, per Feige, but it’s not like the S.H.I.E.L.D. leader can’t make an appearance in future Phase Four films, right? It’s unclear what stage the Black Panther 2 script is at but maybe the screenwriters will find a way to incorporate Fury. Seeing Fury live it up in Wakanda would definitely make for some cool scenes, don’t you think?
What Is the Plot of Black Panther 2?
No plot details about Black Panther 2 are known at this time, but after Endgame, we can make some major guesses.
Black Panther 2 will have to address the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, especially since much of the action in the former film happened in T’Challa’s home nation of Wakanda. T’Challa and Shuri both died in Thanos’ Decimation, so the Wakandan leadership must have struggled for the five year gap between Infinity War and Endgame.
When we see T’Challa and Shuri at the end of Endgame, they’re standing on a balcony at the palace, looking out at Wakanda with their mother. But the politics won’t be so simple by Black Panther 2, right? Keep in mind, however, that the sequel won’t be out for almost three full years. It’s also possible that the movie could ignore Endgame altogether and essentially fast-forward to some other conflict in real-time.
We can expect the world of Black Panther to expand moving forward regardless. The end of the first film saw T’Challa opening the borders of Wakanda, ending a long chapter in the nation’s history as an isolated country. This will inevitably factor into the sequel and it could mean new characters will be introduced as well as a more global story.
Who Is the Villain in Black Panther 2?
The villain of the Black Panther sequel is still unknown.
In May 2018, Metro UK reported that Michael B. Jordan might reprise his role as Killmonger, but that seems suspicious given his death in Black Panther. Perhaps he might pop up in the mystical afterlife that the Black Panther visits to speak with his ancestors?
It’s also rumored Donald Glover might be involved with Black Panther 2. According to the same Metro report, Glover has apparently been in talks with Coogler to play a new character who may or may not be a villain. Glover already has a role in the MCU as Aaron Davis. In the comics, Aaron is the uncle of Peter Parker’s Spider-Man successor, Miles Morales, and a criminal who suits up as the villain Prowler.
Furthermore, Endgame may have provided a clue: During a confab between Natasha, Okoye, Rhodey, Carol Danvers, Nebula, and Rocket, Okoye mentions that there have been underwater earthquakes detected under Wakanda. At the time, Okoye seems ready to brush it off, but it seems to get Black Widow’s attention and it turns into a talking point during the meeting. But when Okoye assures Natasha that they’re handling it, the issue is never addressed again.
Is this Marvel hinting at Namor? While the character’s film rights may or may not be tied up with Universal Studios, Marvel may have arranged a similar arrangement to the Hulk to use Namor in the MCU without producing a solo Namor film.
We’ll keep you posted as news about Black Panther 2 emerges.