Ryan Coogler is a busy man, but not so busy that he would turn his back on the great people of Wakanda. Multiple outlets have announced that Coogler is returning to the “Marvel’s Black Panther” franchise, and will write and direct the follow-up film.
Coogler won’t be the only famous name returning to the series, Black Panther himself (Chadwick Boseman) will also be coming back to the franchise for the next installment. It’s not surprising that either of the two stars would want to return to the series, which was an astounding success for Marvel.
“Black Panther” made over $700M at the domestic box-office alone and over $1.3B worldwide. The film had a $202M opening back in February 2018 and was one of the best-reviewed Marvel films to date. Along with Boseman, the original film featured Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Sterling K. Brown.
The film isn’t just a hit with fans, “Black Panther” is getting a major Oscar push from Disney this year and will most likely be nominated for “Best Picture” at the 2018 Academy Awards.
As for “Black Panther 2,” details are still slim at this point. Production on the sequel could start as earlier 2020 but no details have been confirmed at this time.
In the meantime, fans of Coogler can see “Creed 2” in theaters next month. Coogler produced that film, which also stars Michael B. Jordan. Ryan Coogler wrote and directed the first “Creed” installment but Steven Caple Jr. is directing the sequel. The second film in the franchise will feature Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, and Dolph Lundgren.
Despite opening at number-three in theaters, behind “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay PT 2” and “The Good Dinosaur,” the first “Creed” film made over $29M over the film’s opening weekend. “Creed” went on to make over $109M domestically and over $173M worldwide. If you want to set a reminder, “Creed 2” is scheduled to hit theaters on November 21, 2018.