Marvel unveiled the official release date for the anticipated Black Panther IIRyan Coogler joined Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige on the D23 stage to make the announcement. Black Panther will return in 2022. 

Coogler will return to write and direct the sequel. “We’re not taking our time, we’re really trying to get it right,” Coogler said of the production schedule. According to Variety, Feige added that Coogler has delivered a treatment, complete with a villain and new title, but did not divulge any details. 

Black Panther debuted in 2018, staring Chadwick BosemanLetitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Forrest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, and Angela Bassett.  It became the second highest growing Marvel film, grossing $700 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide.  The film was nominated for seven Oscars and took home three.  

I have to wonder how much the ‘blip’ will affect T’Challa and Wakanda as a whole.  Five years is long time to be without the King. It’s my understanding that Gurira’s character Okoye had things under control during T’Challa’s absence.  And I’m excited to find out about this new villain.  Jordan’s Killmonger will be hard to top. 

We have a lot of time to speculate about the sequel.  Black Panther II will return to theaters on May 6, 2020. 

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