Black Panther is one of the most widely successful Marvel films to date. This week at the D23 Expo, Ryan Coogler, the Black Panther director, finally revealed the sequel’s release date: May 6th, 2022.
The date is surprisingly well into the future but Coogler says that that’s not because “we’re not taking our time,“ but rather that “we’re trying to really get it right”. Given the massive success of the first film, it can be understood why they would take the time to be meticulous about the sequel.
Black Panther is the second highest-grossing Marvel movie of all time domestically and it received a number of Academy Awards nominations including Best Picture; which is a first for Marvel. Kevin Feige, chief of Marvel Studios, said that Coogler has already delivered a treatment as well as a new villain and title. But that, of course, is all still under wraps.
Black Panther 2 will be released in between two other Marvel films. Thor: Love and Thunder, starring Natalie Portman, which is to be released on November 5th, 2021, and another unannounced film on July 29th, 2022. But whether or not Marvel will push through with the latter is still unconfirmed.
Along with the Black Panther 2 release date announcement, Disney announced some other release dates for Marvel’s Phase 4 films. Those include Black Widow (May 1st, 2020), The Eternals (November 6th, 2020), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (February 12th, 2021), and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 7th, 2021).