It was confirmed back in May 2021 that the sequel would be called Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. After a couple of delays to its original May 2022 release, the sequel is set to hit cinemas in November 2022 and, hopefully, everything is on track for that.
The sequel will be the first time we’ve returned to Wakanda since the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman in August 2020, with everybody involved in the production keen to ensure it pays tribute to the late star.
“Everyone felt, the first week of shooting, the presence of Chadwick and missing him on that throne,” reflected Angela Bassett, who will return as T’Challa’s mother Ramonda.
“But we all came together and just paid homage to him before we began, which was wonderful… everyone just speaking beautiful words about him and expressing how much we care and how he informed and inspired us.”
We don’t yet know how the sequel will deal with the untimely passing of Boseman (although he won’t be digitally recreated), but there’s still plenty of news to savor as we wait for the movie’s release next year.
“There’s only one Chadwick and he’s not with us,” said Marvel Studios’ EVP Victoria Alonso. “Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking a little time to see how we return to history and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really.”
Kevin Feige added: “So much of the comics and that first movie in the world of Wakanda. Wakanda is a place to further explore with characters and different subcultures. This was always and initially the primary focus of the next story. We’re not going to have a CG Chadwick and we’re not recasting T’Challa.”
Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira and Angela Bassett are all reprising their roles in the sequel as Shuri, Nakia, M’Baku, Okoye, and Ramonda, respectively.
Duke is reportedly set to be given an “expanded role” in the sequel, but the reports have yet to be confirmed by Marvel, while Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta is in talks to play one of the villains of the sequel.
It’s unclear if Daniel Kaluuya will return as W’Kabi, but Martin Freeman will return as CIA agent Everett Ross.
Will Michael B Jordan return as Killmonger? It’s unlikely given that Killmonger was killed off in the first movie, but weirder things have happened.
Jordan reprised his role in What If…? for an alternate universe version of Killmonger. When asked in January 2022 about a potential MCU return, he remained coy about the prospect of a comeback.
“It’s a character in a world that I love so much,” he said. “Who knows? As we all know, Marvel has their plans and their things and, you know, how things are gonna shake out.”