Black Panther 2 Confirmed For May 2022
The release date of the Black Panther sequel has finally been confirmed, with Black Panther 2 hitting cinemas May 6, 2022.
The exciting news was announced earlier today by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige after he took to the stage at the D23 expo in Anaheim, California.
Feige was joined onstage by Black Panther writer and director Ryan Coogler, who will be writing and directing the hotly anticipated sequel.
Of course, 2022 does still feel like a fair bit away, but it's good to know the sequel won't be rushed; with attention given to getting it perfect.
Polygon has reported how Coogler made the following comments to the D23 audience:
"We're really hard at work on it trying to give you something special,
We're gonna take our time; we want it to be right".
As reported by Deadline, Coogler was confirmed as being on board with the sequel in October, following the phenomenal success of the original Black Panther movie.
After its release in February 2018, Black Panther smashed box office records and won widespread critical acclaim. The history-making Marvel hit pulled in over $1.3 billion in global ticket sales, and went on to win no fewer than three Academy Awards.
Expectations have therefore been set sky high for this upcoming return to Wakanda, and the excitement is palpable as Marvel fans proceed to express their firm belief in 'Wakanda Forever'.
One person tweeted it was the 'best news so far' to emerge from D23, while another thrilled fan declared, 'Black Panther 2 is gonna win multiple Oscars I'm calling it RN'.
Plot details of Black Panther 2 are being kept under wraps, with an actual title yet to be announced. But this hasn't stopped fans speculating about which characters will and won't be returning for the sequel.
Many fans hope to see more from Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), unperturbed by his demise in the first film. Danai Gurira - who plays Okoye - even teased jokingly fans about this possibility during a red carpet interview with Variety earlier this year.
Fans have - quite reasonably - noted how death is no barrier in the world of Black Panther with T'Challa's late father King T'Chaka managing to have a strong screen presence from beyond the grave.
Addressing these rumours in June, Feige told BET:
"The honest answer to that is that is pure rumor and speculation, because Mr. Coogler is just only in recent weeks sitting down at his keyboard and beginning to outline the movie,
It's early, so nothing is set yet in any way that far, because Mr. Coogler is sitting down and will share it with [producer] Nate Moore and myself in coming weeks".
The as-of-yet untitled Black Panther sequel will come to cinemas May 6, 2022.
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