There’s no doubt that Black Panther 2 is in the making, and just this week reports surfaced that director Ryan Coogler is scouting out Donald Glover to join the Wakanda family in some capacity.
We’ve kept our ears to the ground for some good news, and we’ve been anxiously waiting to hear about the sequel. But there’s been no official word on what’s next in the world of Wakanda. However, there has been some inkling that something’s percolating in the Marvel Universe for the blockbuster movie’s second installment.
But truth be told, we’ve still got a ton of questions, especially after we were devastated with Infinity War’s tragic ending. Our hearts are collectively hurting, and we’re waiting with bated breath for T’Challa to be resuscitated in some way, shape or form. And word on the street is the star-filled cast, including Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, and Daniel Kaluuya is coming back with a vengeance, and we are here with our arms crossed on our chests in anticipation.
Here’s what we already know about what’s to come in our favorite faux-African nation.
New Cast, Who Dis?
From Atlanta to Wakanda, Donald Glover might be taking flight in Black Panther 2 if director Ryan Coogler gets his wishes, reports the Fader.
Coogler is scouting out Glover to assume a new character in the sequel, sources say. Coogler is reportedly crafting and creating new characters and wants Glover aka Childish Gambino to join the superstar cast.
“Ryan Coogler is currently mapping out Black Panther’s sequel and has written in a number of new characters that moviegoers will be introduced to when it premieres,” the source told Metro.
Everybody’s favorite bad cousin just might be back to harass his favorite auntie. There’s talk that Michael B. Jordan could possibly reprise his role as the villainous Killmonger, a source said. An interesting proposition considering his dramatic, pro-Black philosophy demise at the end of the first film.
The pairing of Glover joining the movie actually marks a return since the This is America rapper (as Childish Gambino) was already behind the scenes writing comedy lines for the film.
Ya’ll know nothing can keep a black man down so we’re looking forward to Killmonger rising up to challenge T’Challa yet again.
The Plot Thickens
So exactly what would Black Panther 2 be all about?
After defeating Killmonger, maybe Black Panther 2 could open with an Oakland-style #BBQingWhileBlack block party celebration after Thanos’ crew messed up their kingdom?
Wishful thinking on our part, but what we do know is that Marvel studio president Kevin Feige has a few ideas in mind and offered some very interesting insight on what’s to come.
“One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two,” he told Entertainment Weekly in March. “There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one.”
He even got more surreal when describing a favorite part of the movie and what could be done in a sequel.
“We would talk about the ancestral plane sequence [in Black Panther] where, towards the end of the movie, T’Challa takes the herb again and encounters his father, where he’s like, ‘Hey, man. We’ve kind of screwed up, and I want to change it,’ ” Feige said.
“There’s that moment where all of the ancestors come behind T’Chaka. We would joke and go, ‘I want to see … what’s their story? What’s that story? Who was Bashenga, the first king of Wakanda? Who’s that third to the left, behind T’Chaka? What was their story in Wakanda in 1938? That would be cool.’ It all starts as conversations like that. The more audiences want to see these stories, the more opportunities we have to explore different places and time”
While there’s no official release date reports say that we could expect Black Panther 2 to drop somewhere between 2020 or 2021.