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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Black Panther. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the sequel to Black Panther (2018) and the 30th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is being directed by Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole, and stars Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett.

Ideas for a sequel began after the release of Black Panther in February 2018. Coogler negotiated to return as director in the following months, and Marvel Studios officially confirmed the sequel's development in mid-2019. Plans for the film changed in August 2020 when Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman died from colon cancer, with Marvel choosing not to recast his role of T'Challa. Other main cast members from the first film were confirmed to return by that November, and the title was announced in May 2021. Production began in late June 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia, and filming will also occur in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had been scheduled to be released in the United States on July 8, 2022, as part of Phase Four of the MCU. On October 18, 2021, Marvel announced a new release date of November 11, 2022 to accommodate changes in production on several movies.[1] At the end of April 2022 at CinemaCon, Marvel confirmed November 11th would be the release date.[2]


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  • Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia: T'Challa's former lover and a War Dog, an undercover spy for the African nation of Wakanda, from the River Tribe.
  • Danai Gurira as Okoye: The head of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda's all-female special forces, and T'Challa's bodyguards.
  • Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross: A member of the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi: A confidant to T'Challa and his best friend who is the head of security for the Border Tribe, serving as the first line of defense for Wakanda.
  • Letitia Wright as Shuri:
    T'Challa's younger sister who designs new technology for Wakanda. Following the death of T'Challa actor Chadwick Boseman in August 2020, Shuri was given a larger role in the sequel than she had in the first film.
  • Winston Duke as M'Baku: A powerful warrior who is the leader of Wakanda's mountain tribe, the Jabari.
  • Angela Bassett as Ramonda: T'Challa and Shuri's mother, the Queen Mother of Wakanda.
  • Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart: A genius inventor who creates a suit of armor that rivals the armor of Tony Stark/Iron Man.
  • Florence Kasumba as Ayo: The second-in-command of the Dora Milaje in Wakanda.
  • Michaela Coel as Aneka: The combat instructor of the Dora Milaje in Wakanda.
  • Isaach De Bankolé as River Tribe Elder
  • Dorothy Steel as Merchant Tribe Elder
  • Tenoch Huerta as a to-be-confirmed character



With the release of Black Panther in February 2018, producer Kevin Feige said there were "many, many stories" to tell about Black Panther, and he wanted director and co-writer Ryan Coogler to return for any potential sequel; Marvel Studios wanted to keep the creative team as intact as possible, while Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan F. Horn, despite feeling it was too early to discuss a sequel, was also positive about the desire to have Coogler return as director. Coogler said he wanted to see how Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa / Black Panther would grow as a king in future films, since his reign only began recently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), in contrast to the comics in which he had been king since childhood. In March 2018, Feige said there was nothing specific to reveal about a sequel, but Marvel had ideas and a "pretty solid direction" on where they wanted to take a second film. That month, Boseman's agent Michael Greene was in negotiations for the actor to return as T'Challa in two planned Black Panther sequels for a reported pay of $10 million and $20 million, respectively. By October, Coogler had closed a deal to write and direct a sequel to Black Panther. Despite both Marvel and Coogler having always intended to work together again after the successful release of the first film, Coogler avoided rushing into completing a deal for a sequel. Negotiations with Coogler were completed "under the radar" in the months following the first film's release. He was expected to begin writing the sequel in 2019, ahead of a planned filming start in late 2019 or early 2020.

In November 2018, Letitia Wright was confirmed to be reprising her role of T'Challa's sister Shuri for the sequel. When Angela Bassett, who played Ramonda in Black Panther, was asked if the main cast would return for the sequel, her husband Courtney B. Vance said they would. He said this included Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, who was killed in the first film, and Bassett agreed. Feige dismissed Vance's statement in June 2019 as "pure rumor", saying there were no set plans for the film as Coogler had just begun outlining it and had not yet shared his plans with Feige or co-producer Nate Moore. The next month, John Kani expressed interest in reprising his role as T'Challa's father T'Chaka in the film, and Danai Gurira stated that Coogler had confirmed she would be reprising her role of Okoye in the sequel. Feige confirmed the sequel's development at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, while Martin Freeman confirmed in August that he would reprise his role as Everett K. Ross in the sequel. A release date of May 6, 2022, was announced at D23, along with the placeholder title Black Panther II. Feige said Coogler had completed a script treatment for the film that included a villain and new title. At the end of 2019, Ruth E. Carter confirmed that she would be returning from the first film as costume designer for the sequel, and said that she was set to begin work on the sequel in "the fall".

On August 28, 2020, Boseman died from colon cancer. Coogler stated that he had been unaware of Boseman's illness, and had spent the last year "preparing, imagining and writing words for him to say [in the film] that we weren't destined to see". Feige and other executives at Marvel Studios were also unaware of Boseman's illness. Boseman, who had become thinner from his illness in the weeks prior to his death, had been prepared to begin gaining the weight back in September 2020 ahead of filming the sequel in March 2021. According to The Hollywood Reporter, industry observers felt Disney could recast the role, but that could generate a "fan outcry" and prompt comparisons between actors. Another suggestion was for Disney to shift their plans and have Shuri take on the mantle of the Black Panther, which has occurred in the comic books. By the time of Boseman's death, Coogler was in the middle of writing the script and had already turned in a draft. In mid-November, executive producer Victoria Alonso said a digital double of Boseman would not be created for the film, and added that Marvel was taking their time to work out what they were going to do next and how. Later in the month, Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, and Bassett were confirmed to be reprising their roles for the sequel as Nakia, M'Baku, and Ramonda, respectively, while Tenoch Huerta was in talks for an antagonist role. At that time, filming was expected to begin in June or July 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

In December 2020, Feige confirmed that the role of T'Challa would not be recast, and said the sequel would explore the world and characters of the first film as a way to honor the legacy that Boseman helped build. The film's release date was moved back to July 8, 2022. By the end of the month, Boseman's makeup designer Siân Richards was set to return for the sequel, while his personal costumer Craig Anthony said he would not commit to the film due to Boseman's death. Hair designer Deidra Dixon was unsure if she would return following Boseman's death as well as the death of her sister. Feige reaffirmed in January 2021 that visual effects would not be used to include Boseman in the film, and said the primary focus of the sequel was always about further exploring the characters and "different subcultures" of Wakanda. That same month, Jordan said he was willing to reprise his role as Killmonger as he felt returning to the MCU would "always be on the table in some capacity" due to his love for the character and for working with Coogler.


In March 2021, Nyong'o said the sequel would be different from the first film and expressed excitement for Coogler's plans. She reiterated that everyone involved with the film was dedicated to continuing Boseman's legacy. Also that month, Coogler said he was still writing the script, and he described working on the film without Boseman as the hardest thing he had ever gone through in his career. He added that Boseman had held together the first film, and now as the director he was the one trying to keep it going. Freeman said he would soon meet with Coogler to discuss the project. In April, Coogler wrote an op-ed in which he said the film would still shoot in Georgia despite the state passing its controversial Election Integrity Act of 2021 law. Though Coogler did not support the bill, he felt that boycotting film production in the state would have a negative affect on the people who otherwise would have been employed by the film. He instead planned to raise awareness of how to overturn the bill. Nyong'o later said that Coogler had reshaped his ideas for the film to respect Boseman, which she felt was "spiritually and emotionally correct" to do.

In May 2021, Marvel Studios revealed the film's title as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,which Ethan Anderton of /Film believed was a fitting tribute to Boseman since "Wakanda Forever" is the battle cry of the Wakandans. By the end of that month, Freeman said he had read the script and expressed excitement for it. At the end of June, Edgar Luna, the business development manager of Worcester, Massachusetts's Economic Development Office, said the technical department of a major Disney production, which was confirmed to be for Wakanda Forever, was in the city the week of June 25 to scout and inspect filming locations.


Production started at Trilith Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 29, 2021, under the working title Summer Break, and will last up to six months. Autumn Durald serves as the cinematographer, after doing so on Marvel Studios' Disney+ series Loki (2021). Durald is replacing Rachel Morrison from the first film. Morrison, a long time collaborator of Coogler's who was set to return for Wakanda Forever, indicated in August 2020 that she felt she would be unable to return due to the COVID-19 production delays to her film Flint Strong overlapping the two projects. With the start of filming, Feige announced that "everyone" from the first film were expected to return. Filming was previously set to start in March 2021, prior to Boseman's death. Shooting will also occur in Worcester for a couple months from June, with locations including the Worcester Police Department headquarters. In July, Bassett indicated that due to Boseman's death, the screenplay for the film was still undergoing changes, and that there have been at least five incarnations of the script. She also indicated that Joe Robert Cole was contributing to the script after co-writing the first film with Coogler, which Feige soon confirmed.

In August 2021, actress Letitia Wright (Shuri), suffered injuries while performing a stunt at an on-location shoot in Boston. Initially, Marvel Studios said this would not affect the film's shooting schedule.[3] On November 5th, Marvel announced that Wright is still recovering and filming had been worked around her absence, but production would be put on hold the week of Thanksgiving and would resume early in 2022. The release date of Wakanda Forever will stay at November 11, 2022.[4]


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for release in the United States on July 8, 2022. It was previously scheduled for May 6 of that year. It will be part of Phase Four of the MCU.


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