Black Panther 2: cast, release date changes and all you need to know about Wakanda Forever

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The Black Panther 2 we see in theaters won’t be the sequel anyone would want to see when the movie was first announced. The tragic death of star Chadwick Boseman (King T’Challa/Black Panther) in August 2020 means that this eagerly anticipated follow-up will come with gloom — and that returning director Ryan Coogler will have to work on his film to accommodate the absence. But had to be completely reconsidered. Its popular leading man.

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Even without Boseman, the sequel — now titled Wakanda Forever — is almost certain to be a hit. Out of 26 MCU movies released so far, only four Avengers outings have done better at the worldwide box office than the first Black Panther. It was also the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

But what would Black Panther 2 look like without its iconic King T’Challa? When will we see it in cinemas? Who will lead the cast? How has Letitia Wright’s on-set accident affected production? And how will the film fit into the wider MCU continuity?

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We’ve pulled together all the essential information surrounding Black Panther 2’s release date, story, and more — including rumors about a potential villain, and reports of a future MCU hero who will make his film debut. .

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As they say in Birin Zana, Wakanda Forever!

Release Date: After several delays, the Wakanda Forever release date is currently set as November 11, 2022. It is expected to debut in theaters at least 45 days later, before arriving on Disney Plus.

Mold: The late Chadwick Boseman will not be replaced as King T’Challa, but most of the outstanding supporting cast from the first film will return, including Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett and Martin Freeman. I May Destroy You’s Michaela Coyle also joins the ensemble cast.

Story: In Marvel tradition, plot details are pretty much under wraps at present, but it’s rumored that Prince Namor — aka the Sub-Mariner — will appear in Wakanda Forever. We can also expect Wakanda to settle with the consequences of sharing its advanced technology with the world.

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Black Panther 2 Release Date: November 2022

Within a month of the first Black Panther’s February 2018 theatrical debut, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that “we absolutely will [a sequel],

But despite the immense success of the original film, Marvel and Disney never appeared to be in a hurry to make a follow-up – even before the tragic demise of star Chadwick Boseman prompted director Ryan Coogler to completely rethink plans for the story. did.

For a long time, the release date of Black Panther 2 was set as May 2022. Then, after a major COVID-19-induced reshuffle that pushed back Black Widow and subsequent MCU films, the big Marvel Studios celebrated the movie trailer — part of Hollywood — to bring people back to theaters in spring 2021. Campaign for – Confirmed a new Black Panther 2 release date of July 2022.

This has been changed again since Marvel’s decision to push back all of its planned movie releases to 2022 and beyond. Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever later moved to the November 11, 2022 slot, previously occupied by the Captain Marvel/Miss Marvel team-up The Marvels.

Will Black Panther 2’s release date hold back? Not everyone is expecting, although there is an added complication that could Add to the delay: As of November 2021, production is on hiatus due to an injury star Letitia Wright, who became on set a few months earlier:

Dora mingled in the original Black Panther.

Producers Feige, Nate Moore and Louis D’Esposito said in a note to the Wakanda Forever crew (reported by Deadline), “Letitia had a horrific accident on our set during a stunt in August.” “What we initially thought were minor injuries were much more serious, with Letitia suffering a severe shoulder fracture, and a concussion with serious side effects. It has been a painful process and Letitia with the support of her doctors and family It’s fine at home.”

While the production schedule was adjusted to take into account Shuri’s absence, the note states that “there is only so much we can do without Shuri”. This statement coincides with widespread rumors that Shuri will inherit the Black Panther mantle in Wakanda Forever. Principal photography is expected to resume in January.

It looks like Black Panther 2 will debut in theaters after at least 45 days before making the move to Disney Plus.

Although Black Widow arrived on the streaming platform the day it landed in theaters (as part of the Premium Premiere Access package), Marvel and Disney later released the traditional version for both Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, and Eternal. Restarted theatrical release window. , We expect the release of Black Panther 2 to follow a similar pattern.

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Black Panther 2 Cast: Who’s in the Movie?

This is the Black Panther 2 cast list, based on the intel we have so far:

  • Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia
  • Letitia Wright as Shuri
  • Gurira is called Okoye
  • Winston Duke as M’Baku
  • Angela Bassett as Ramonda
  • Martin Freeman as Everett Ross
  • Riri Williams as Dominic Thorne
  • Tenoch Huerta as Prince Namor (rumoured)
  • Michaela Coyle as TBC

The death of Chadwick Boseman has left an unimaginably big hole in the cast of Black Panther 2. Wakanda will not be recreating the Forever star digitally, although Rogue One did with Peter Cushing.

“There’s only one Chadwick, and he’s not with us,” Marvel Studios executive vice president Victoria Alonso told Argentine website Clarins (via Digital Spy). “Our kings, unfortunately, have died in real life, not just in fiction, and we’re going to take a little time to look back on how we go back to history and to honor this chapter of what happened to us.” What do we do for what was so unexpected, so painful, so terrifying, really.”

Nor will Black Panther 2 cast a new actor to play King T’Challa (aka Black Panther). Kevin Feige said at Disney’s Investor Day conference in December 2020, “I’d like to acknowledge the devastating loss of a dear friend and a member of our Marvel Studios family. Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and inspirational figure who has inspired us throughout our lives.” influenced life. Both personally and professionally. His portrayal of T’Challa, The Black Panther, is iconic, and transcends any iteration of the character in Marvel’s past by any other means. That’s why we will do No Recreate the character. ,

Even without its protagonist, however, Black Panther 2’s cast would have a lot of familiar faces from the MCU. A Hollywood Reporter story in November 2020 reported that Lupita Nyong’o (Detective Nakia), Letitia Wright (T’Challa’s sister, Shuri), Winston Duke (Jabari tribe leader M’Baku) and Angela Bassett (T’Challa’s sister) mother, Ramonda) are all reprising their roles in Wakanda Forever, while CinemaBlend stated that Danai Gurira will return as Okoye, the leader of Wakanda’s elite royal guard, Dora Milaje. An August 2021 tweet from Black Panther: Wakanda appeared on the Forever news set showing Gurira and Wright together.

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Elsewhere, Martin Freeman confirmed on The Late Show with James Corden in May that Everett Ross, the American operative he plays, would be back: “I’ll have director and co-writer Ryan in about seven or eight weeks. Had a Zoom call with Coogler. First, I think, and he took me very carefully through the beats of all my characters in the film.

However, it is not yet confirmed whether Daniel Kaluuya – who has just won an Oscar for his performances in Judas and Black Messiah – will return as T’Challa’s best friend W’Cabi. Even Kalua himself said in February 2020 that he had “no idea” if he was going back to Wakanda. ,[It’s about] Whatever the story needs,” he told Jemele Hill (via ScreenRant). “I’m a fan. I’m that kind of person, if the story and the piece is better without me, I’m like, ‘Yo, I’m going to watch this because I really want to see it.’ And if I’m in it and I’m able to serve it, then I’m in it.

Michael B. Jordan Might Not Return In Black Panther 2 — But “Never Say Never”.

One star of the first film who probably won’t return for Black Panther 2 is Michael B. Jordan, who played the antagonist Eric Killmonger. Aside from the fact that Killmonger died in the first film—not that a character’s return to the MCU has never been hindered—Feige has said (as reported by CinemaBlend) that Jordan’s return. Any reports are “pure rumor and speculation”, and that “nothing has been determined yet”.

Asked by Jess Cagle on Sirius XM about the possibility of a Killmonger return on a scale of one (never) to 10 (fixed), Jordan said: “I’ll have to go with a solid two. I didn’t want to go to zero. Never say never! Never – I can’t predict the future!”

There is no official confirmation yet on the villain of Wakanda Forever, but a Hollywood Reporter story reported in November 2020 that Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta is in talks to join the cast of Black Panther 2 as an antagonist. Were. The Illuminerdi shed a little more light on the mystery in June 2021, claiming that he “learned from our sources” that Huerta is playing the role of Prince Namor (also known as the Sub-Mariner), the Atlantean antagonist who Essentially Marvel’s answer to DC’s Aquaman.

As reported in Variety, British actress, writer, producer and director Michaela Coyle has also signed on for an undisclosed role.

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