In news that’s delighting everyone but surprising no one, sources have confirmed that Marvel has finally signed a deal with writer and director Ryan Coogler to make Black Panther 2.
Given the cultural, critical and financial success of the first Black Panther a sequel was never in doubt.
The film shattered box office records, earning $700 million domestically, the highest for any Marvel film, and $1.3 billion worldwide. And with award season coming up many are predicting a Best Picture nomination as well as a Best Director nod for Coogler.
But with Marvel committed to keeping as much of the creative team as possible green lighting a sequel all came down to a matter of timing.
And considering how in-demand Ryan Coogler is now Marvel may have been lucky to get him the second time around.
— Collider (@Collider) October 11, 2018
Not much about the film has been confirmed except for the the return of Coogler as writer and director and Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther.
Many of the details depend on the May release of The Avengers 4 (Spoiler Alert for those who haven’t seen it) since many Marvel heroes including Black Panther were killed at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.
The current plan is for Coogler to write the script next year with production beginning late 2019 or early 2020, but Coogler may already have a very busy schedule next year.
Along with executive producing LeBron James’ Space Jam sequel and Creed 2, Coogler and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordon are also collaborating on Wrong Answer, a drama based on a 2014 New Yorker article about the standardized test cheating scandal at Atlanta Public Schools.
No matter when the sequel finally happens though fans are more than ready.
While it’s little more than a quiet confirmation at this point news of the deal has already got fans jumping.
— Respect The West (@respectthewest) October 11, 2018
— Joseph Fascio (@joseph_fascio) October 11, 2018
— Nakia's Apprentice _ÙªÉ_Ù_ÛªÛü (@melanatedgirl) October 11, 2018
ThereÛªs a Black Panther 2 in the works? _ÙÔÛ pic.twitter.com/MfwyaDnyym
— Ella msomi (@Ella_msomi) October 12, 2018
— Rox is 23 and Still CanÛªt Adult (@ItsMeRoxci) October 11, 2018
And most couldn’t wait for another dose of everything they loved about the first film.
Black Panther 2 is in the making… I cant wait for TÛªChalla and Nakia to get all cute together… their chemistry… I need dat pic.twitter.com/vNwabHMuLo
— soft for Chadwick Boseman onlyÏ¬ (@chadwickboesmon) October 12, 2018
As long as I can gaze at this chocolate bar I'm in_Ù÷÷_Ù÷÷_Ù_© pic.twitter.com/seZF9lWw8k
— Martha Jones (@EboneeStevenson) October 12, 2018
Just waiting for a new Kendrick Lamar produced album.
— emiliano Lendo (@LendoEmiliano) October 12, 2018
Although Coogler’s return as writer and director wasn’t much of a surprise fans were still excited and hoped the studio would show him some love considering just how successful the first film was.
LOL, this is great news… but honestly, not at all surprising.
He did such a masterful job with the first one, it was inevitable that he'd be helming the sequel.
— Varun Khanna (@BrownBearVK) October 11, 2018
Yesss. Well if it ainÛªt broke, donÛªt fix it _Ù_á_Ù_ÛªÛü_Ù_á_Ù_ÛªÛü
— Side-Eye Moody (@Kia_Michelle) October 11, 2018
Contracts better be proper!!!
— _Ù´Chwayita (@atiyawhC) October 11, 2018
Siri, show me Ryan Coogler right now. pic.twitter.com/aKFGohhkdo
— comfy (@jesus_recliner) October 11, 2018
The only bad news? It’s going to be a long time before we actually get to see it.
Late 2019 or early 2020?? pic.twitter.com/Z5JucIUpSr
— Bose Universe (@pramabose_) October 12, 2018