"Black Panther 2" is reportedly set for release in 2022. Here is everything you need to know about the Marvel superhero movie and how it plans to move forward following the death of the late Chadwick Boseman.
After a massive hit in 2018 with seven Academy Award nominations and record-breaking box office earnings that made history, Marvel's "Black Panther" is returning for its second sequel in 2022 to the delight of fans.
Although the superhero movie's future was threatened by the death of the late Chadwick Boseman, the creators have found a way to keep his legacy alive while blessing the audience with a worthwhile storyline.
"Black Panther" stars speak onstage during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images
PREMIERE DATE AND FILMING DETAILS
On December 11, 2020, Disney confirmed that Marvel Studios was already working on the sequel via a statement on Twitter. The entertainment company revealed that "Black Panther 2" would open on July 8, 2022.
"Narcos" star Tenoch Huerta has been rumored to be in talks with the movie's creators for a role as a villain.
The second sequel is being written and directed by the famous Ryan Coogler. The statement explained that the late Boseman's legacy would be honored in the sequel, and his character as T'Challa would not be reprised.
Ahead of the premiere date, filming is set to begin in July 2021 in Atlanta. According to reports, production was set to start in March 2021, but the ongoing pandemic led to the date's postponement.
Despite Boseman's heartbreaking loss, many of the original cast is set to return for the sequel and reprise their original roles. Letitia Wright would return as Shuri, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Winston Duke as M'Baku.
Also, Angela Bassett would return as Queen Mother Ramonda, Danai Gurira as Okoye, and Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi. The future of Michael B. Jordan's character as Killmonger isn't known as he was killed in the first sequel.
There are also speculations of a new addition to the cast, per Cinemablend. "Narcos" star Tenoch Huerta has been rumored to be in talks with the movie's creators for a role as a villain. If he does sign on, he might be tasked to play the Marvel character, White Tiger.
BEYONCÉ MIGHT BE ON THE SOUNDTRACK
Nothing promises to make the sequel more worthwhile than the speculation of the involvement of Queen B herself on the soundtrack of the upcoming movie.
Per reports, Beyoncé signed a $100 million deal with Disney for three projects, and it is believed that "Black Panther 2" is part of it. Neither of the parties has confirmed the veracity of the rumors.
FACTS ABOUT "BLACK PANTHER"
Snipes' work on the African superhero was halted due to differences between Stan Lee and Columbia Pictures. The "Blade" actor hoped to star in a 1990's adaption of the movie pitched by John Singleton.
Unfortunately, the project was scrapped. Despite the disappointment of not bringing "Black Panther" to life, Snipes has publicly praised Coogler's version.