A few months after the tragic and unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman, the filming of Black Panther 2 is fast approaching.
When it was released in theaters in 2018, Black Panther was a hit. His staging of the hero T'Challa and his homage to African culture made him particularly popular with African-American audiences. With $ 1.35 billion in box office revenue, it was the MCU's best American hit for a few months, before taking the limelight by Avengers: Endgame. It also allowed Marvel to offer itself its historic first nomination at the Oscars ceremony in 2019.
With this incredible success, the filming of a sequel is essential. The tragic disappearance of its main performer on August 28, swept away by cancer, will therefore not get the better of the franchise. The Show must go on … And besides, the shooting of this new episode begins to take shape.
In an article, the Hollywood Reporter reported that filming for Black Panther 2 would begin next July in the US city of Atlanta. It should last at least six months. As of now, it's unclear who will take over from King T'Challa, but one thing is certain: Boseman is not expected to return in this new episode, even in CG.
Director Ryan Coogler, on the other hand, will stay at the helm and actors Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Letitia Wright have already been announced to the cast. Several rumors also suggest that the interpreter of Shuri, the sister of the Black Panther could take a more prominent role in this sequel. What if the new panther is a woman?
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In any case, the cast of this new superhero film is starting to take shape. The article also indicates that the Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta (already seen in Sin Nombre and Narcos: Mexico ) would be negotiating with the bosses of the MCU to play one of the great villains of this sequel.
Ryan Coogler's new film is one of the most anticipated events of Phase 4 of the Marvel Universe. After a complicated year and a hell of a shortage of superheroic blockbusters in the movies, things seem to be gradually getting back to normal. While waiting for the situation to return to completely normal, Kevin Feige and his colleagues are putting the package on the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter thus points out the statements of an MCU official:
“Series are the priority. Boosting them requires a lot of concentration. The film machine is more polished.”
WandaVision , The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Loki are all due out in early 2021 and will air on Disney +. Black Panther 2 , meanwhile, is not expected to see screens until May 2022 .