Black Panther

In the least surprising news you’ll read today, a ‘Black Panther’ sequel is “absolutely” happening.  This non-news comes via an Entertainment Weekly interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.  ‘Black Panther‘ has been a runaway success, breaking records for presales and has seemingly broken a fresh record every weekend since it opened.  It has now made over a billion dollars worldwide with roughly half of that coming from the US box office.  It is the second highest grossing Marvel Studios film ever behind ‘Avengers’.  So sequel?  Obviously.

Unfortunately, this early in the game, there is no release date.  Marvel has made almost no announcements of any plans past the release of the fourth ‘Avengers’ next year and the close of Phase Three.  The only movies announced past that are ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ and a sequel to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, although a follow-up to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ seems to be a given at this point, considering how well that film was received.

There are also no details, but here is what Feige said:

Nothing specific to reveal, other than to say we absolutely will do that. One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one.

The first ‘Black Panther’ was directed by Ryan Coogler who co-wrote the script with Joe Robert Cole.  Chadwick Boseman played the title hero, heading up an all-star cast including Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Martin FreemanDanai GuriraMichael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’oAndy SerkisForest Whitaker and Letitia Wright.

It is still playing in theaters.  Are you looking forward to a second helping of ‘Black Panther’?