The ‘Black Panther’ story will continue, despite the tragic loss of star Chadwick Boseman. From the cast to the latest filming updates, here’s the latest news on all things ‘Black Panther 2.’
Black Panther 2 is officially happening. The first Black Panther movie was released in 2018 and became one of the top-grossing movies of all time. Chadwick Boseman led the way as the legendary T’Challa/Black Panther. The film went on to make over $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office and is currently #12 on the all-time worldwide box office.
The highly-anticipated sequel will look and feel very different in the wake of Chadwick’s tragic death from colon cancer in 2020 at the age of 43. Despite the loss of Black Panther himself, Marvel Studios and director Ryan Coogler are coming together to honor the character and the actor. There’s so much we already know about Black Panther 2.
The character of Black Panther was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War, which was released in 2016. In a post-credits scene, fans got their first glimpse of the Kingdom of Wakanda, T’Challa’s home. Bucky Barnes was granted asylum in Wakanda and returned to cryogenic sleep until a cure for his brainwashing was discovered.
The Black Panther sequel was first confirmed in October 2018, just months after the release of the first movie. In 2018, Ryan Coogler revealed to ScreenRant that he was excited to explore T’Challa’s journey as a king. “I’d be really interested to see, you know, what kind of king he is with experience and how that affects his performance in the stories,” Coogler said at the time.
Marvel has not revealed how T’Challa’s absence in the wake of Chadwick’s death will be addressed in the sequel, but Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o revealed that Coogler has “reshaped” the Black Panther sequel to honor Chadwick.
“His idea, the way which he has reshaped the second movie is so respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world,” Lupita told Yahoo in April 2021. “So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this. And hopefully, what I do look forward to, is getting back together and honoring what he started with us and holding his light through it. Because he left us a lot of light that we’re still going to be bathing in. I know that for sure.”
Black Panther 2 will reportedly begin filming in July 2021. Production will start in Atlanta and last for 6 months. The movie, which officially titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, will be released on July 8, 2022. The sequel was originally supposed to release on May 6, 2022, with production starting in March 2021, but Chadwick’s death delayed filming. No one at Marvel knew of Chadwick’s battle with cancer at the time of his passing on August 28, 2020.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released just two months after Thor: Love and Thunder. The Marvels, the Captain Marvelsequel, will hit theaters just a few months after Wakanda Forever on November 11, 2022.