The original film was a major success, so much so that it might have inspired its own Oscar category. This week, Marvel broke the news that Ryan Coogler will be returning to direct the film, which is expected to begin shooting in late 2019 or early 2020.
This means the film will come after Avengers 4, which is set to be released in May 2019. The untitled Avengers movie has an awful lot to resolve, and— spoiler alert, though Infinity War has been out for long enough now— it has a lot of characters to reincarnate.
While Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther is technically dead, he can’t afford to be gone for long with a major sequel in the works. Boseman’s contract apparently covers five films. He has appeared in only three, meaning he will almost certainly be back.
Marvel producer Kevin Feige has said that Wakanda will become an "anchor point" for future films, and that "some character's stories are just beginning."
Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Shuri (Letitia Wright) will almost certainly return as well. "I think Shuri’s astounding, and you’ll see much more of her in our universe." Feige told Entertainment Weekly. "Okoye, I think I’d watch three action films just Okoye."
The release date has not been announced, but the upcoming Disney film schedule reveals that unnamed Marvel movies will come out in May and November of 2021. Mark your calendars, just in case; this is definitely going to be worth the wait.
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