“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler announced the release date of the much-anticipated follow-up film at D23 in Anaheim, Calif. Saturday.
“Black Panther 2” will hit theaters May 6, 2022.
“We’re not taking our time, we’re really trying to get it right,” Coogler said of the production schedule.
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said Coogler has delivered a treatment, complete with a villain and new title, though neither would give up those details.
The date will place “Black Panther 2” as the furthest out announced Marvel film, between “Thor: Love and Thunder” (Nov. 5, 2021) and an unannounced film slated for July 29, 2022 — although whether Marvel will keep that date, just two months after “Black Panther 2,” is up in the air.
Other upcoming Phase 4 Marvel films include “Black Widow” (May 1, 2020), “The Eternals” (Nov. 6, 2020), “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Feb. 12, 2021), and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (May 7, 2021).
“Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, was a massive success when it premiered in February 2018. It grossed $700 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing Marvel movie of all time domestically, behind “Avengers: Endgame.” It was also nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture — a first for a Marvel superhero movie — and took home three.
The film also made history with its nearly all-black cast. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Forrest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira and Angela Bassett starred alongside Boseman.