Wakanda Forever! Ryan Coogler to write and direct Black Panther 2

Brenda Watkins
October 12, 2018

It's time to rejoice, Black Panther fans, because writer and director Ryan Coogler is returning for a second outing for one of Marvel's most successful standalone superheroes to date.

Marvel and Disney have made no announcement on the filming or release date for the sequel, but sources told The Hollywood Reporter Coogler would write the film next year and begin filming in late 2019 or early 2020.

Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) directed from a screenplay he wrote with Joe Robert Cole (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story).

Coogler's continued involvement in the franchise, which has become one of Marvel's tentpole newcomers as the studio charts a course for the MCU's next phase, has seemed all but inevitable following the critical and commercial success of the first film. Will it be Black Panther 2, Iron Man style, or have a snappy subtitle like the Captain America films?

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It looks like a return to Wakanda is one step closer.

Coogler rose to prominence with his 2015 hit "Creed" featuring Micheal B. Jordan, who also stars in "Black Panther" as the villain Erik Killmonger. But hey, if Avengers 4 doesn't reverse T'Challa's death, it would make space for Shuri to take on the mantle of Black Panther and serve as queen of Wakanda-something she's done in Marvel Comics.

Chadwick Boseman is expected to return in the starring role, as are others in the A-list ensemble. Kevin Feige is a producer with Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

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