‘Black Panther 2’ slated for 2022 release

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Marvel’s (AKA Disney’s) “Black Panther” was one of 2018’s best movies. With both critical acclaim and praise from general viewers, the movie quickly became a pop-culture sensation. Following its release, it wasn’t uncommon to see fans giving the Wakanda salute both in a show of fandom and in support of the African-American community. Even Lebron James got in on the action.

Now, the movie’s highly anticipated sequel has an official release date. Disney slates the movie for a May 6, 2022 debut. “Black Panther 2” director Ryan Coogler says that he and his team are “taking their time with it” to ensure the movie lives up to the original.

Rumor Mill

Unfortunately for fans, Coogler is much better at keeping secrets than recently departed Marvel star Tom Holland. In fact, during a June interview, the acclaimed director admitted that he hadn’t even picked up a pen to start writing the film.

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Though the plot of the movie is still hypothetical, fans can look forward to familiar faces bringing Wakanda to life. Aside from Coogler in the director’s chair, “Black Panther 2” will retain cast members Martin Freeman (“Everett Ross”), Danai Gurira (“Okoye”), and of course, lead Chadwick Boseman (“T’Challa/Black Panther”). Though not confirmed, it is safe to assume that Letitia Wright and Lupita Nyong’o will resume their roles as “Shuri” and “Nakia” respectively.

Meanwhile, some fans have started speculating about what villain “Black Panther 2” will feature. Following tie-ins with an “Avengers: Endgame” scene depicting earthquakes in Wakanda, some believe the film will pit Black Panther against mutant Namor (the Sub-Mariner).

On the mutants note, others are eyeing a new romance for the movie. In some versions of the comics, Black Panther marries X-Men superstar Storm. Thanks to the recent merger between Disney and Fox, Marvel now has the rights to the X-Men. While it isn’t certain, the possibility of a crossover can’t be written off.

Timing is Everything

Disney has recently announced so many new titles that it’s getting hard to keep track of them all. From exclusives on its new streaming service, Disney+, to MCU feature films, fans will be busy for the next several years.

“Black Panther 2” will fall between “The Eternals” and fellow sequels “Thor: Love and Thunder” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” With its Star Wars franchise taking a backseat, Disney’s Marvel movies will lead the way for its film division for the foreseeable future. Considering the success it has seen with that portion of its business in the last few years, fans and investors alike should be thrilled.

While 2022 might seem like a long time to wait for the “Black Panther” sequel, fans will have plenty of viewing options to keep them entertained in the meantime.