RYAN COOGLER Tapped Again to WRITE, DIRECT “BLACK PANTHER 2”

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One of the most prominent factors that contributed to the amazing success of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” earlier this year would most definitely be the man on the chair behind the scenes. Director Ryan Coogler’s inspired filmmaking not only resulted in a box office smash hit but a movie that has been considered culturally significant by many critic reviews. That had led to Coogler bowing out of being at the helm of the sequel to his 2015 sports film “Creed”, now in the hands of Steven Caple Jr., which would explain why he has accepted a return to the MCU.

The Hollywood Reporter has it that Marvel Studios has extended an offer to Ryan Coogler to both write and direct “Black Panther 2”, sequel to his MCU blockbuster that premiered this past February. The studio undoubtedly saw wisdom in retaining the original creative team as much as possible, and while a new deal with the director for a follow-up took much longer in coming than usual, in the end Coogler has agreed to work on the sequel in an agreement quietly made behind closed doors. Sources cited by THR believe Coogler will begin writing “Black Panther 2” sometime next year.

Usually, when a movie designed to leave a sequel open performs well enough in theaters to warrant that follow-up, both studio and director would have quickly come to an agreement on what to do in the future. Yet, despite the very successful run of “Black Panther” in the weeks leading to its MCU continuation “Avengers: Infinity War”, Coogler and his representatives decided not to jump into discussions with Marvel Studios until well into the latter half of 2018. Now that it is done, and taking to account how long the script will take to write, production for “Black Panther 2” could begin earnestly by year-end 2019 or shortly into 2020.

The first “Black Panther” starred Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa of the secluded but highly advanced African nation of Wakanda, which has been forced to reveal itself to the world due to developing events in the overarching myth arc of the MCU films. The movie itself is now considered a hallmark for the African-American community, not to mention a big earner with an over $1.3 billion international take and a possible Oscar nomination. A sequel is now a sure thing; what is unsure is when to slot in its release.

For 2019 the Marvel Cinematic Universe installments, “Captain Marvel” with Brie Larson premieres on March 8, followed by the fourth “Avengers” film on May 3 to close out the MCU “Phase 3” production slate. “Spider-Man: Far from Home” starring Tom Holland will arrive July 5.

Image courtesy of LA Times

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