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The resume leak of costume designer Stacy Caballero has led to some interesting insights into the upcoming projects of the MCU. For one, we learned that Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio will be returning to play Daredevil and Kingpin respectively in the Disney+ series Echo. Further digging reveals that Daniel Kaluuya will be returning for Black Panther 2, titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Black Panther 2 is one of the bigger enigmas when it comes to upcoming Marvel movies. Fans are wondering where the series will head next in the wake of the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman, who led the first film as T’Challa/Black Panther. Daniel Kaluuya played W’Kabi, who was initially a friend to T’Challa before siding with Killmonger and becoming an enemy. W’Kabi is a warrior from the surrounding Wakandan Border Tribe. It will be interesting to see what direction they take the character after his betrayal in the first movie. It’s important to note that the resume doesn’t necessarily mean that this role is assured, but he wouldn’t be too surprising of an addition to the cast.
Blank Panther 2 certainly has high expectations to live up to. The first film was incredibly well-reviewed, won multiple Oscars and had even more nominations, and did gangbusters at the box office. Now with the absence of Chadwick Boseman, the rest of the cast will have to work hard to pick up where he left the series. Fortunately, they have Ryan Coogler leading the franchise again and many of the talented cast from the first movie are returning. Undoubtedly, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, and Winston Duke will all have expanded roles. It wouldn’t be surprising if the question of who will take up the mantle of Black Panther will be a big question answered in the movie.
This was also a plot point in the first movie, with M’Baku and Killmonger both challenging T’Challa for the role. M’Baku became an ally by the end of the film, so his expanded role will be interesting as well. Then of course there’s Shuri, T’Challa’s sister with a genius-level intellect. Unlike some of their other properties, Marvel has done a pretty good job at keeping Black Panther 2 details under wraps. So, any of these little plot details that come out definitely cause some ripples in the fan community.
The lack of details on Black Panther 2 is especially surprising because the release actually isn’t that far away. It’s one of three Marvel movies that are still scheduled to come out this year. First up is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which comes out on May 6. After that is Thor: Love and Thunder which comes out on July 8. The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will round out the year on November 11. Due to the interconnectivity of all the Marvel projects, it’s possible they’re keeping Black Panther details light to avoid spoiling any possible plot points in the other Marvel movies. Stay tuned, because there are sure to be more details coming out in the coming months.