Production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has commenced, signaling that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is back on track.
According to Variety, work on the Black Panther sequel began on Tuesday at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke on Black Panther 2’s production during the World Premiere Fan Event for Black Widow.
On Tuesday night, Feige told Variety about Black Panther 2: “It’s definitely extremely emotional without Chad.”
“However, everyone is also extremely enthusiastic to reintroduce Wakanda to the general population. We’ll accomplish it in a way that Chad would be proud of.”
Chadwick Boseman, the star of Black Panther, died last year at the age of 43 following a battle with colon cancer.
T’Challa would not be replaced after his death, according to Marvel Studios.
Boseman’s portrayal “surpassed any other incarnation of the character in Marvel’s past,” according to Feige.
Wakanda would, however, live on in future films and television series, paying tribute to Boseman’s legacy.
During the fan event, Feige did not reveal any new information about Wakanda Forever, but Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi), Florence Kasumba (Ayo), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Winston Duke (M’Baku), and Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross) are all in.
Aside with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Disney has revealed that filmmaker Ryan Coogler is working on a Wakanda series for Disney+.
Even less is known about this series than is known about Black Panther 2. In February, Disney CEO Bob Iger had this to say about the deal:
“Ryan Coogler is a distinctive storyteller whose vision and versatility have established him as one of his generation’s most notable directors. Ryan created a watershed cultural event by bringing a revolutionary tale and famous characters to life in a genuine, meaningful, and unforgettable way with Black Panther. We’re excited to deepen our partnership with Ryan and his crew, and we’re looking forwards to sharing more amazing tales with them.”
On July 8, 2022, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released in cinemas.