Black Panther: Wakanada Forever has officially begun production at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told Variety on Tuesday.
Ryan Coogler returns to write and direct the highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s record-breaking blockbuster Black Panther. There has been no official synopsis or word of plot details, however much of the original cast, with the exception of the late Chadwick Boseman, will be returning to Wakanda.
Boseman’s passing, due to a four-year battle with colon cancer, shocked the world in August of 2020, and the late actor undoubtedly left a void within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Boseman, who portrayed warrior-king T’Challa, chose to keep his condition from the public and continue his acting career despite his health. In a short exchange with Variety at the Global Fan Event for Black Widow in Los Angeles, Feige says that “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.”
Black Panther hit theaters on February 16, 2018 with massive critical and commercial success. The MCU’s first black superhero film rapidly became a cultural phenomenon, being praised for its emotional storytelling and addressing political themes concerning the black community. The film earned a box-office breaking $1.34 billion internationally, making it the highest grossing solo movie in the MCU. The superhero sensation also earned seven Academy Award nominations including the highly coveted Best Picture, the first nomination ever for a superhero film, and went on to win Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be part of Marvel’s Phase Four and is set to release on July 22, 2022.
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