Marvel Studios has officially returned to the world of Wakanda. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is officially in production while speaking with Variety. The highly-anticipated sequel begun production today at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta.
Ryan Coogler returns to direct the sequel. Feige also revealed that everyone from the first film will return for Wakanda Forever. The film will be without their key piece, Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, who tragically passed away last year after a secret four year battle with colon cancer.
It’s clearly very emotional without Chad, but everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.Kevin Feige
Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, and Martin Sheen are all set to return. Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta joins the sequel and will play an unknown villain.
The studio has not revealed it’s plans on how it plans to proceed without the late Chadwick Boseman, who sadly passed away last Summer, after a long secretive battle with cancer. Although, the studio has indicated that it will not use any CGI to include the late star in the film, nor will they recast the role. So, someone will have to take up the mantle of Black Panther.
Released in 2018, the first Black Panther was a critical and financial hit grossing $700 million domestically and over $1.3 billion globally overall. The film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture (which it ultimately lost to Green Book). The film did take home awards for Best Original Score, Costume Design, Production Design.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit theaters on July 8, 2022.