Although Marvel did not officially announce Black Panther 2 as part of MCU Phase 4 at Marvel’s Phase 4 reveal at Comic-Con 2019, we can confirm that it’s going to happen. The box office smash first Black Panther movie from director Ryan Coogler made $1.344 billion at the box office, against a budget of $200 million.
In fact, Black Panther 2 broke records for the superhero genre as well as landing a historic Golden Globes nomination. Although it did not win, the movie also made history at the 2019 Academy Awards by becoming the first superhero movie to receive a nomination for the Best Picture Oscar.
Here is all you need to know about Black Panther 2.
Is It Actually Called Black Panther 2?
This is the second movie so expect everyone you know to call it Black Panther 2. However, the movie’s official title is rumored to be Black Panther: The Lost Kingdom. We’ll find out for sure, once they finally release the movie’s first poster.
Bringing In Beyonce
Word is that Marvel is in talks with Beyonce to take part in Black Panther 2. Odds are she won’t do any acting, but they do want her musical talents to create and sing songs for the film’s soundtrack.
The deal between Marvel and Beyonce is rumored to be as much as $90 million and it would likely be for two projects, only one of which would be work on Black Panther 2. For Beyonce it seems like a slam dunk to attach herself to Marvel. Any song she creates for it will immediately get a boost in the pop charts, plus she gets $90 million no matter what. Why not?
Black Panther 2 Cast: Who’s Coming Back?
Black Panther 2 was officially announced at Disney’s D3 convention, one month after Comic-Con International 2019. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed the news in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. He said, “We absolutely will do that,” but did not reveal any plot secrets.
We expect that the original Wakandan cast members will return. They include Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Lupita Nyong’ o (Nakia), Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi), and Danai Gurira (Okoye).
Other likely returning cast members include Winston Duke (M’Baku) and Angela Basset (Ramonda, T’Challa’s mother). It’s also expected that Martin Freeman will reprise his role as CIA agent Everett K. Ross. He says, “As far as I know, I will be in another Black Panther movie… As to when that will happen, I don’t know.”
In an interview with MTV, Michael B. Jordan revealed that he would love to reprise his role as villain Killmonger. Rumor has it that might actually happen. What’s puzzling about the return of villain Killmonger is that we watched him die at the end of Black Panther. He does come back to life in the comics though, so a resurrection would not be unprecedented.
The Team Behind Black Panther 2
Ryan Coogler will return as director and writer on Black Panther 2. In an interview with IndieWire, Coogler revealed, “I have had a chance to make three features films. Each of the films had its own specific type of pressure. In the process, it feels insurmountable. When it comes to making a sequel, I have never done it before. So, I think there is going to be a lot of pressure there.” Ryan Coogler also co-wrote and directed Creed, the seventh film in the Rocky Series. He’s also set to serve as producer and writer on Space Jam 2 starring Lebron James.
As for where they’re at on Black Panther 2 Coogler says, “We will try to go step by step and try to quiet everything else around us while placing focus on making something with some type of meaning.”
We also expect Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President, to produce the movie just like the first Black Panther movie.
Ryan Coogler is currently mapping out Black Panther 2 and word is that he has written in a number of new characters. At one point Director Ryan Coogler was in talks with Donald Glover for Black Panther 2. No word yet on who he might play, if those talks pan out.
At the moment, Marvel Studios is keeping the plot of Black Panther 2 a closely guarded secret. However, Kevin Feige has been dropping vague hints as to what they’re planning for the future of Wakanda.
In the first movie, T’Challa became King and protector of Wakanda after facing off M’Baku and Killmonger. Rumor has it that Wakanda may come under attack yet again. This attack may originate from Princess Zanda or Namor.
Reportedly, Marvel Studios settled on Namor as the principal antagonist of Black Panther 2. In the comics Namor is a fictional character who is the mutant son of a princess of Atlantis and a human sea captain. Similar to Aquaman (DC Comics), Namor also possesses aquatic abilities and super strength.
The Namor rumors fit pretty well with the movie’s likely title, Black Panther: The Lost Kingdom. Namor’s Atlantis would, of course, be The Lost Kingdom being referenced there.
Namor has been both a hero and a villain in his comic book history, so either way they want to use him would make sense. Bringing him in now as a bad guy could be a way to set up a heroic turn in future Marvel movies.
Sources speculate that the plot action will take place when Wakandans will go to war with Atlantis after the former pollutes the sea. While Wakandans were polluting the sea, they were unaware that the city of Atlantis lies deep in the ocean. Due to the rising levels of pollution, Namor would take action.
When Will Black Panther 2 Be Released?
Black Panther 2 is set to be released on May 6th, 2022.
Wolverine Rumored To Appear In Black Panther 2
Now that Marvel owns the X-Men again they’re keen to fold them in to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. In particular they’ve been working a lot on a plan for Wolverine and now word is they have one.
Rumor has it that Marvel wants their new Wolverine to make his first appearance in Black Panther 2. The idea revolves around the discovery of Adamantium in Wakanda. That would make a certain amount of sense, Wakanda is already set up as a source of rare and exotic metals like Vibranium and Adamantium is an offshot of Vibranium. For them to end up with a source of Adamantium too, would fit with the MCU as currently established.
As for who will play Wolverine, all we know for now is that it won’t be Hugh Jackman. Disney reportedly tried to get him back, but he feels he’s too old to play the part and is not interested at any price.
Chadwick Boseman’s Dramatic Weight Loss
Playing a superhero, any superhero, generally means bulking up and building a nearly unnatural amount of muscle. And while Chadwick Boseman may have awhile before he has to be ready to play Black Panther again, it looks like he has lost all the muscle he put on to play the character in the first place.
This video of Boseman appeared on Instagram in which he appears to not only be really skinny… but almost unnaturally skinny. Take a look…
And here’s what he looks like when he’s playing Black Panther…
Beyond whether he can still play Black Panther, some fans are even concerned about his health. It’s more likely that he’s just naturally really skinny when not bulking up for a superhero role… still the change is pretty shocking.
The Future Of Black Panther
The future of Black Panther may not be very bright. Word is that Chadwick Boseman is in the middle of tense contract negotiations with Marvel, and they aren’t happy at all with the amount of money he’s demanding to continue playing Black Panther.
According to CBN he’s in a situation similar to the one Terrence Howard was in back when he was playing War Machine. Howard demanded more money and Marvel simply fired him and hired someone to replace him. While that’s harder to do with a Marvel character of Black Panther’s importance, that may be what they’re doing anyway. We’ve heard for awhile now that they have plans underway to have T’Challa replaced by Shuri as Black Panther.
And now we’re also hearing that Marvel’s plans for the future hinge on making Namor their biggest superhero of color, when he’s finally introduced. Whatever’s going on with Boseman, it’s likely he’ll at least still be playing T’Challa in Black Panther 2, but it seems increasingly likely he’ll be done with Marvel after that.