When Marvel Studios arrived in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H earlier this summer during San Diego Comic-Con, they revealed a whole lot of stuff. In fact, they announced an entire two years worth of new Marvel Cinematic Universe releases, including BLACK WIDOW, ETERNALS, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, and THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. All of the news left many fans wondering what the company would have left to bring to Disney’s massive D23 Expo last weekend, but the answer turned out to be something big: BLACK PANTHER 2.
Marvel Studios was part of the huge live-action/animation presentation at the D23 Expo on Saturday, August 24, where Disney unveiled their exciting upcoming slate, and the festivities included announcing a release date for BLACK PANTHER 2. Last time around, the series managed to make a billion-dollar splash being released in February 2018, but for the first sequel, the property will be moving to the biggest weekend of the year and will be coming out on May 6, 2022.
The news was announced on stage by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who was joined by director Ryan Coogler, who will be returning to helm BLACK PANTHER 2. The executive/producer noted that in his hand he was holding the treatment for the blockbuster, but Coogler was hesitant to reveal any real details. Going back and forth, Feige proposed announcing the real title of the movie, the villain or what happens in the opening scene, but the CREED filmmaker shut down each suggestion before agreeing to tell the audience when the movie will be coming out.
As alluded to, BLACK PANTHER 2 won’t be the actual name of the movie, which means that the series is taking a title route more similar to the THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA movies instead of IRON MAN or GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, which is to say choosing a subtitle instead of just a number. Presumably, whatever will follow the colon after BLACK PANTHER will give audiences a direct indication of where the story is going, which explains why that information is being withheld for now.
With the film still being more than two years away, we really don’t know all that much about BLACK PANTHER 2, but we can be certain that Chadwick Boseman will be back playing the eponymous role aka T’Challa. Following their appearances in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and AVENGERS: ENDGAME, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Winston Duke will likely reprise their respective roles as Okoye, Shuri and M'Baku, and there are also expectations that we will once again get to see characters like Lupita Nyong'o's Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya's W'Kabi, Martin Freeman's Everett K. Ross and John Kani's T'Chaka.
There’s still a lot more to learn about the film, so stay tuned for more updates and mark your calendars for May 6, 2022.