It was only a matter of time before it happened, we all knew it was on the way. Following the massive success earlier this year, Marvel Comics is keeping the team together as Ryan Coogler is returning for the sequel to Black Panther.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Coogler is returning to direct and write the King of Wakanda’s sequel film. Shortly after the first film dominated the box office and raked in $1.3 at the box office, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had made it clear that the studio’s priority was to get Coogler signed on again (the actors all usually in Marvel have contracts that cover multiple films so their participation was not really in question) and while both camps took their time, reportedly this deal was done under the radar some time ago.
Reportedly the plan is to aim for a script to be written next year with production to begin in either late 2019 or early 2020 which seemingly would place the film for a likely 2021 release date depending on when production actually begins and finishes. After dominating in February, there is no reason the film can’t call that space home again potentially.
As of right now once Captain Marvel on March 09, Avengers 4 in May and Spider-Man: Far From Home in July, Marvel Studios slate is a giant question mark. While those behind the scenes know what is next, most of us outside of the studio only know about the rumored and somewhat in development films such as Black Widow and potential sequels to Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and the Wasp and a likely third Spider-Man film left in the deal with Sony Pictures.
Most likely all the plans will be mostly or fully revealed once Avengers 4 arrives, because the fate of many of the original Marvel Cinematic Heroes are in question with that film being the final one on most contracts (and many of them either aging up or choosing to step away like Chris Evans).