Marvel announced that production has started on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever recently in Atlanta with Ryan Coogler back as co-writer and director on the Black Panther sequel. The studio, cast, and crew are still mourning the loss of Chadwick Boseman, who died after a battle with colon cancer last summer.
There is news coming from Variety that Marvel has cast actress Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You) in an undisclosed MCU role.
We could easily speculate that the could be someone like Princess Zanda of Narobia or someone more familar to audiences such as Ororo Munroe (X-Men’s Storm). However, it’s unknown if Marvel is ready to introduce main X-Men members anytime soon.
Various online rumors have pointed to the inclusion of Doctor Doom and Namor The Submariner, but neither have been confirmed officially as Marvel still hasn’t announced a villain for Black Panther 2.
I’m still interested to see their angle to move on from T’Challa and Chadwick Boseman, as they’ve said they don’t want to recast the role.
The sequel will be released on July 8, 2022 with a returning cast that includes Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Florence Kasumba, and Martin Freeman. A Wakanda focused Disney+ series is also on the way from Ryan Coogler.
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.