Marvel has officially announced that it has signed on Ryan Coogler to write and direct the sequel to Black Panther, which he also wrote and directed. Coogler is currently in the midst of developing Wrong Answer–which stars Black Panther‘s Michael B. Jordan–and executive producing the sequel to Space Jam.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Coogler is aiming to start production on the sequel as early as next year–sometime between late 2019 and early 2020. Marvel has not yet announced a release window for the movie. Currently, the only MCU films on the horizon are Captain Marvel, Avengers 4, and Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Black Panther focuses on the the titular hero, a fictional African prince and superhero who must prove he has what it takes to be king of his country, Wakanda, and a symbol for the rest of the world. Starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, aka Black Panther, the movie was a massive critical and commercial success, earning more than $1.3 billion worldwide.
It comes as no surprise then, that Black Panther is getting a sequel. After Black Panther‘s debut, Coogler and his creative team didn’t sign on for anything, and instead took the time to make the best possible deal with Marvel they could.
Black Panther was one of our favorite movies of 2018. In our Black Panther review, Michael Rougeau wrote, “Black Panther is a top tier Marvel movie with all the humor, style, action, passion, and fun that the MCU has come to embody. Black Panther is a cultural event that’s going to be hard for Marvel to top, no matter how many worlds Thanos conquers later this year in Infinity War.”