Black Panther 3 Already In The Works?

Black Panther 3 is already in development, according to producer Nate Moore, which will be affected by audience response to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

By Vic Medina | Updated

Marvel Studios is wasting no time, laying the groundwork for Black Panther 3 before the sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters. Fans sill don’t know how Wakanda Forever will play out or who will take on the mantle of the Wakandan superhero from Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, but according to a report by ScreenRant, producer Nate Moore says ideas for a third film are already being considered.

Moore doesn’t provide any specifics about the ideas for the threequel, as that would likely spoil the secrets that Wakanda Forever holds. In an interview with Collider, he says producers and director Ryan Coogler want to see how audiences react to the upcoming film before finalizing a direction for Black Panther 3. “We really want to see how audiences receive the film,” he says. “I think Ryan’s really interested to see how the film plays before we decide. There are certainly ideas we’ve floated around of what a third film could be if we get to make it. But until the movie comes out, we’re a bit superstitious in that way.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens on November 11, and Marvel Studios has already announced its planned projects for Phases Five and Six of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which runs through Avengers: Secret Wars in May of 2026. Black Panther 3 has not been announced, but that doesn’t mean Disney couldn’t find a release date during that time for it if Wakanda Forever is a smash hit.

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The cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Even if Black Panther 3 doesn’t come right away, Wakanda Forever is already setting up more Marvel adventures. The film introduces Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, who is getting her own series titled Ironheart, which premieres on Disney+ next year. Additional series based in Wakanda are also in development.

Coogler and Wakanda Forever co-writer Joe Robert Cole ended up rewriting the sequel after Chadwick Boseman passed, although the appearance of Namor (Tenoch Huerta) apparently was part of the original script. T’Challa’s passing became a main point of the rewrite, and the film shifted to more of Godfather-like drama about family, loyalty, and power, and at two hours and 41 minutes, it is the second-longest Marvel film, behind Avengers: Endgame. Black Panther 3 would likely continue this theme, especially with a new Black Panther leading Wakanda.

While the identity of the new Black Panther has been kept a secret, eagle-eyed fans think they may have figured it out. The latest trailer seems to show the “new” Black Panther with wrist gauntlets, similar to what T’Cahlla’s sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) wears in the first Black Panther, as well as Avengers movies Infinity War and Endgame. Shuri makes the most sense to take on the Black Panther mantle, although several other cast members could be a surprise choice.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever also stars Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, and Winston Duke as M’Baku, who says his character gets much more screen time in the sequel. Early reviews for the film have been strong, praising the film for its story and its touching tribute to Boseman and the T’Challa character. The film also features a new song from superstar singer Rihanna.