After a long time, Marvel is finally returning to Wakanda. The highly anticipated sequel of the multi-billion dollar blockbuster Black Panther – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – finally begins production in Atlanta. This will be a particularly emotional one for the fans, who will get to see the country of Wakanda, but without its king, the late Chadwick Boseman.
Marvel chief Kevin Feige revealed that the production will take place at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, with Ryan Coogler returning as director. Furthermore, everyone from the original cast of Black Panther will return in the sequel, apart from lead star Boseman. Boseman passed away tragically due to Colon Cancer last year in August 2020. Apart from him, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Florence Kasumba, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett will all likely reprise their roles. Moreover, many at Marvel want to present this movie as a tribute to the late actor. Feige said before the Black Widow Global Fan event in Los Angeles that he wants to make Boseman proud, telling Variety:
It’s clearly very emotional without Chad. But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.
That said, we do not know much about the plot of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Moreover, Feige didn’t even specify the actors that will be returning in the movie. That’s quite typical of Marvel, who are quite secretive about their filmmaking. However, the studios will focus on making the Black Panther sequel particularly special for the fans.
The reason why fans have high expectations from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
After its release in February 2018, Black Panther became a cultural sensation, amassing more than $1.34 billion worldwide. This made it Marvel’s highest-grossing non-Avengers movie of all time. Moreover, it shattered all stereotypes of a movie with a predominantly Black cast not being able to perform in cinemas. It also earned seven Academy Award nominations, winning Oscars for original score, costume design, and production design. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set for release on July 8, 2022, and is one of 26 upcoming movies by Marvel Studios. And it is because of these reasons that fans have high hopes for the sequel, hoping that Marvel gives Chadwick Boseman a befitting tribute.
Marvel also has plans for a TV series set within Wakanda. They came into fruition after Disney’s multi-year overall television deal with Coogler and his Proximity Media. Coogler said at the time of the deal:
We are especially excited that we will be taking our first leap with Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and their partners at Marvel Studios where we will be working closely with them on select MCU shows for Disney Plus. We’re already in the mix on some projects that we can’t wait to share.