Marvel's Kevin Feige wants Ryan Coogler to return to direct Black Panther 2.

News Simon Brew

Mar 12, 2018

Black Panther is absolutely destroying box office expectations (it just crossed the billion dollar mark) and has received nearly universally positive reviews. It’s going to make even more money before its through in theaters, and already, many are wondering when Marvel will get around to announcing Black Panther 2.

While Black Panther 2 isn’t officially confirmed yet, it’s almost certainly going to happen, and we’ll probably get official confirmation on that within the next few months. But the next best thing to official confirmation from the studio is a quote from Marvel Studios captain Kevin Feige. And Mr. Feige sure makes it sound like Black Panther 2 is a sure thing.

“Nothing specific to reveal, other than to say we absolutely will do that,” Feige told Entertainment Weekly. “One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one.”

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As for the possibility that Ryan Coogler will return to direct the sequel, that sounds promising, too.  “I hope so,” Feige had previously told Variety, confirming that he “absolutely” wanted him to come back. We’ll wait and see, but hopefully there’s confirmation of Black Panther 2, and Coogler’s return, sooner rather than later. 

Black Panther 2 Story

There are some hints about what else might be explored in the world of Wakanda as we get closer to a sequel, and some of the mystical elements sound like they might get more time. “There’s that moment where all of the ancestors come behind T’Chaka,” Feige told Entertainment Weekly. “We would joke and go, ‘I want to see … what’s their story? What’s that story? Who was Bashenga, the first king of Wakanda? Who’s that third to the left, behind T’Chaka? What was their story in Wakanda in 1938? That would be cool.’ It all starts as conversations like that. The more audiences want to see these stories, the more opportunities we have to explore different places and time.”

Black Panther 2 Release Date

It’s a little early for this, of course, but Marvel currently has three unassigned dates on its release schedule, all of which are in 2020. Those dates are May 1, August 7, and November 6. The only confirmed/announced project right now that doesn’t already have an official date is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which means one of those 2020 dates will likely go to that. But either of the others would be good fits for Black Panther 2, they would just have to get to work relatively soon in order to make it happen.

The full Marvel movie release calendar can be found here.