Black Panther was one of the most popular (and successful) movies of 2018, turning the superhero genre on its head by broaching important questions about race and responsibility. It was inevitable that Marvel Studios would greenlight a sequel and that's exactly what happened a month ago.
Ryan Coogler is returning as writer and director, but he's not cocky in the slightest. Even after $1 billion at the global box office, the young filmmaker (Fruitvale Station, Creed) realizes just how difficult it will be be to top the first movie. As this is his first-ever sequel, he needs to find new ground to break or risk repetition. He addressed this during a chat with IndieWire, saying:
“When it comes to making a sequel, I’ve never done it before, a sequel to something that I’ve directed myself. So I think there’s gonna be a lot of pressure there, but what we’re going to try to do is just focus on the work, like we always do. Really try to go step by step and try to quiet everything else around us, really focus on trying to make something that has some type of meaning.”
No release date has been set for Black Panther 2, but Okoye (Danai Gurira), M'Baku (Winston Duke), and maybe even Shuri (Letitia Wright) will return in Avengers 4 on May 3. Working with the other Avengers, they'll attempt to defeat Thanos (Josh Brolin) and bring their king (and the rest of half the universe) back to life.