In what should come as no should surprise to the Marvel fanbase, Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler is officially signed to return for Black Panther 2 as both writer and director.
Sources tell THR that the filmmaker behind Marvel’s landmark Black Panther has quietly closed a deal with Disney and Marvel.
Black Panther, centering on T’Challa, the king of a fictional African country, was an outsized success both commercially and critically. The movie, which starred Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero, grossed $700 million domestically and more than $1.3 billion worldwide, and is also considered a contender for Oscar consideration. The movie became a defining cultural moment and touchstone, especially for the black community.
Insiders confirmed to us that the plan at this point is for the acclaimed director to write next year with an eye to start production in either late 2019 or early 2020. Marvel and parent company Disney, however, have not made any official announcements about Marvel’s slate of movies beyond the release of Avengers 4 in May 2019 and Spider-Man: Far From Home in July.
As for right now, Coogler is developing the drama Wrong Answer with his frequent collaborator and Black Panther villain Michael B. Jordan. He is also executive producing LeBron James’ Space Jam sequel and acts in the same capacity on the upcoming Creed 2.