Black Panther 2

Whether you’ve just seen ‘Black Panther’ for the first time or you’re revisiting it to prep for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, you’re probably having the same thought: “How long do I have to wait for a sequel?” Well, we’ll get to see more of T’Challa and company when ‘Infinity War’ arrives this weekend, but a proper sequel? As in ‘Black Panther 2’? While there’s no firm date (or even a publicly stated release window) just yet, we can probably expect a wait of at least two years based on the timing of Marvel’s past sequels.

Of course, there is another factor to take into consideration here. That, of course, is the creative alchemy that produced such a resonant film in the first place, and one of the most important pieces of this particular puzzle is director Ryan Coogler. So key is Coogler to the success of ‘Black Panther’ in Marvel’s mind that studio president Kevin Feige has confirmed that the director’s availability is one of the main logistical concerns with the inevitable sequel. As Feige put it to Collider:

“We definitely want Ryan to come back and that’s actively being worked out right now. When will it be? A lot of it will be when Ryan wants to and not rushing anything, but I think we have an idea of when it will be. But, again, [we’re] not going to announce any post-‘Avengers 4’ movies until after ‘Avengers 4’, which is another reason we’re not going to Comic-Con.”

‘Black Panther’ is the eighteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was directed by Ryan Coogler and features Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letita Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The movie is still playing in theaters, though its home video release set for mid-May.

Black Panther will next appear in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, which will arrive in theaters on April 27, 2018.