Black Panther was a groundbreaking entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the box office numbers and cultural impact to prove it. News that Black Panther 2 was happening emerged back in 2018. Marvel Studios have yet to confirm it, although chances are good the sequel will be confirmed along with other MCU Phase 4 films at Marvel’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. If Marvel does choose to confirm the sequel at SDCC 2019, then we’re going to keep our fingers crossed some key casting announcements will be mentioned, including which actors are set to return and which actors (maybe Samuel L. Jackson?) could show up for the first time.
With Avengers: Endgame in the rearview mirror, MCU has its sights set on diving headlong into Phase 4, we should take a look at all the details we know so far about Black Panther 2. There’s plenty to chew on, especially in the wake of Endgame, including new plots details teased in that epic movie that could give us a solid idea about what we can expect in T’Challa’s next cinematic outing.
Here’s everything we know about Black Panther 2, including new details about the plot, casting information, who’s directing, and more.
Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame ahead
When Is Black Panther 2’s Release Date?
Black Panther 2 will reportedly be part of the MCU’s Phase 4, which officially begins after Endgame and with Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5, 2019. Phase 4 release dates will be scattered from 2019 through to 2022. Per Den of Geek, a logical guess for the Black Panther 2 release date would be February 12, 2021. This may be the most likely scenario since Black Panther was released on February 16, 2018 and Marvel would likely try to recreate the magic of that film’s incredible opening weekend (when it reportedly earned over $200 million domestically) by sticking to that similar time frame.
Other confirmed movie premiere dates in Marvel’s schedule include May 1 and November 6 in 2020; February 12, May 7, and November 5 in 2021; and February 18, May 6, July 29 in 2022. So, in theory, any of these could serve as the Black Panther 2release date.
Is There a Black Panther 2 Trailer?
No trailer has been released yet.
That said, if Black Panther 2 does plan on taking the February 2021 release slot in Phase 4, then production could begin in late 2019 or at the beginning of 2020. If this is the case, we could see a trailer in the late spring or summer of 2020. We might even get a quick on-set teaser from the cast even earlier.
Who Is Writing and Directing Black Panther 2?
In October 2018, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Ryan Coogler would be back to direct the Black Panther sequel. According to THR’s report, Coogler has begun or will soon begin working on the script (as of April 2019, that is) in the hopes of beginning production in late 2019 or early 2020.
Who Is Starring in Black Panther 2?
Chadwick Boseman will surely reprise his role as T’Challa. It’s similarly a safe bet 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 Ramonda).
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 4 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?
Warning: Major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame in this section
No plot details about Black Panther 2 are known at this time, but after Endgame we can make some major guesses.
Even though we don’t have specifics on the story expected to be told, we can assume that Black Panther 2 will 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.
As seen in Endgame, Wakanda was without its king (T’Challa), its princess (Shuri), and much of its army for five long years following Thanos’s Snap. 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, ostensibly prepared for whatever is next for them. But we have to imagine that before they move on, there needs to be at least some screentime dedicated to discussing T’Challa and Shuri’s absence.
Black Panther 2 won’t have to deal with the tropes of an origin story, giving more freedom to take T’Challa’s story in new directions and possibly even pull deep from the Black Panther archives to bring life to a new storyline from the character’s comic book history.
We can expect the world of Black Panther to expand even more. 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.
As a quick note, there’s a chance that Endgame could have provided a clue about what fans can expect from the plot thanks to one of Okoye’s lines. During a confab between Black Widow, Okoye, War Machine, Captain Marvel, Nebula, and Rocket Raccoon, Okoye mentions that there have been 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. It’s rare that the MCU adds in lines like this about events happening elsewhere in the world, so definitely keep a pin in this.
Could Marvel be hinting at Namor? Complex ownership squabbles with Universal may block this character from appearing in the MCU anytime soon, but perhaps Avengers: Endgame is simply playing the long game. Or maybe the Russo Brothers just know something the rest of us don’t…
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 the villain Erik Killmonger in some capacity. If this is true, it’s possible either Killmonger’s death at the end of Black Panther was a red herring or he might pop up in a flashback or in Djalia, the mystical afterlife that the Black Panther can visit to speak with his ancestors.
It’s also rumored that Donald Glover might be involved with Black Panther 2. According to the same Metro report, Glover has apparently been in talks with Coogler and could play a new character, which could very well be a villain role. But seeing as Glover is infamously low-key when it comes to broadcasting news about himself and Marvel Studios loves to keep information on lockdown, it’s tough to confirm whether this is true or, if it is, how Glover would be involved.
We’ll keep you posted as news about Black Panther 2 emerges.