Marvel’s Black Panther shocked the world with how fantastic it was. It’s quality led the character’s first solo outing to an astounding $1.347 billion at the box office. It should come as no surprise that Disney and Marvel are looking to replicate that profit. And to do so they’ve locked up the man who guided the first film to such critical and commercial success. Ryan Coogler has reportedly signed on to write and direct Black Panther 2.
The Hollywood Report was first to drop the news on the agreement, much like they did yesterday with the Black Widow and Captain Marvel news. The outlet said that Coogler and his team took their time agreeing to anything with Marvel. Likely watching from the sidelines as the box office numbers continued to soar. Marvel and Coogler finally came to terms and struck a deal “under the radar some time ago.”
Early efforts on Black Panther are said to get underway early next year as Coogler begins penning the script. Full production will then get underway in late 2019 or early 2020.
Marvel isn’t confirming any of this though. At this point the only films that have been confirmed after Avengers 4 are July’s Spider-Man: Far From Home and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 which should be coming in 2020 but has had a tumultuous time behind the scenes.
Captain Marvel hits theaters ahead of Avengers 4 in March, of course. But besides those films listed, the only rumored projects that seem to have any firm traction are Black Widow, The Eternals and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther 2. Once we see whatever transpires within Avengers 4 in May, we as fans will have a better idea of what the future holds for the characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At that point Marvel’s Kevin Feige will likely be more comfortable announcing their plans for the next few years as Marvel has done in the past.