After everything that 2020 has put us through, it feels good to get some good news: Marvel Studios has planned for the production of Black Panther 2 to start in March 2021.
The shocking passing of Chadwick Boseman this August due to colon cancer left many stunned. Not only was Boseman beloved by fans and castmates alike, but he stood as a role model and hero for many. After some time and consideration, it seems that Director Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studios have come up with a plan.
Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico) has been tapped to play one of the antagonists, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Alongside Huerta is the familiar faces of Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett. Rumors are that Wright will be taking a more prominent role.
This feels fitting as Shuri took on the mantle of Black Panther during the events of “The Deadliest of the Species” arc in Black Panther Vol 5. Speculation will continue around the story of the sequel, although Marvel has not hinted as to where the narrative will lead, just that “it has indicated that it will not use CGI to include the late star in the film.”
After a full year without Marvel movies, it feels good to see that many of the most anticipated films are starting up production. Currently, Phase 4 has ambitiously slated four films for 2021. Black Widow directed by Cate Shortland due for release on May 7th, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings by Destin Daniel Cretton due for release on July 9th, Eternals directed by Chloé Zhao due for release on November 5th, and the Untitled Spider-Man 3 slated for 2021 directed by Jon Watts due for release on December 17th.
With a successful vaccine hopefully coming next year, these release dates and production dates will hold and the fans can jump right back into the MCU and Phase 4. This time not only with the movies but also with the accompanying Disney+ shows as well.