Coogler returns as writer-director of 'Black Panther 2'

Joann Johnston
October 12, 2018

Director Ryan Coogler shocked absolutely no one when it was revealed he was returning to Marvel Studios to direct Black Panther 2.

After the initial report indicated Coogler will direct the Black Panther sequel, a report from Variety indicated the film will not go into production until late 2019 or early 2020, leaving him enough time to take on a smaller project.

The first of two films directed by Coogler raked in a whopping $700 million domestically, $1.3 billion in total, and is nearly assured of a place in the yearly "Oscar conversation".

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Given the events of the Avengers: Infinity War ending and the heavily guarded secrets of Avengers 4, a new Black Panther movie presents an interesting challenge for Coogler, who is slated to begin writing the script next year.

Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Klaw (Andy Serkis) were some of T'Challa's most iconic adversaries in the comics, so they leave big shoes to fill. He is also executive producing Jordan's Creed II sequel, as well as LeBron James' Space Jam sequel.

Chadwick Boseman is expected to return in the starring role, as are others in the A-list ensemble. What was less certain, however, was the film's director and co-writer Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) returning. A release date from Marvel Studios and Disney is unknown at the moment, but expect Disney to make a push for the first film in their Oscar campaigning, especially without a "popular film category" anymore. Pitted against his own family, the king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and embrace his future as an Avenger.

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