Well, it looks like director Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studios have started production slightly earlier than expected on their Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Variety seems to have got word directly from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige that filming has officially stared on the stages in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday. Adding that Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett are expected to reprise their roles from the original.
While there have been many fan-fueled online rumors of how they’re going to be moving forward with the second film, Marvel brass has confirmed they will neither recast T’Challa nor use a digital version of the late Chadwick Boseman. This sort of leaves fans questioning what they ultimate plan to do here.
It’s not the only Marvel project shooting in Atlanta at the moment as Tatiana Maslany’s She-Hulk series is deep into production as we speak that will see the return of Mark Ruffalo’s Professor Hulk and Tim Roth’s Abomination, we recently got a sneak peek at the Hulk villain’s updated design in the latest trailer for Shang-Chi & The Legend of The Ten Rings.
Disney has given Black Panther: Wakanda Forever a prime summer release date of July 8, 2022 and Ryan Coogler is developing a Wakanda series for Disney+ as well.
BLACK PANTHER – After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.