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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Begins Production

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige promises that they’ll make Chadwick Boseman proud as production officially begins for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has officially started principal photography, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige reveals. The sequel to the highly successful 2018 film, Black Panther, will see the return of its core cast, with director Ryan Coogler also back behind the camera. But, the project moves forward without its leading man and titular hero played by Chadwick Boseman, who died in 202o due to cancer.

For a while, it was uncertain how Marvel Studios would continue the Black Panther franchise without its main character. There were options suggested, such as recasting T’Challa, but in the end, Feige and his team decided on retiring the character with the actor who brilliantly brought him to life. Plot specifics are still scant at the moment, but a few members of the cast have teased what to expect from the narrative which Coogler also wrote. Martin Freeman notably said that there are parts of the scripts that he found odd, while Lupita Nyong’o revealed that the story was reshaped to pay respects to Boseman. Despite the tricky situation, it seems like they were able to crack the story of Wakanda Forever as the much-anticipated sequel is now filming in Atlanta.

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Variety caught up with Feige during Black Widow‘s global fan premiere in L.A. where the MCU architect revealed that cameras have started rolling for Wakanda Forever. He also promised that they will make Boseman proud through their work in the project. Read what Feige said below:

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.

Black Panther's nation of Wakanda.

While Marvel Studios is keeping narrative details about Wakanda Forever tightly under wraps, the sequel’s subtitle effectively hints at what can be expected from the film. Instead of focusing on one persona, the Coogler-directed flick will shift its interest to the advanced African nation. This means that every single character that was debuted in the original Black Panther film can play a pivotal part in the story. As the script was retooled to honor Boseman, it’s also possible that the movie will tackle the country as it grieves the loss of its leader and its plans on moving forward without him. The blockbuster’s villain is still unknown, but there are theories that it will see the debut of Namor and the Atlantis.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is due to release July 2022, giving Coogler and his team plenty of time to finish principal photography, with enough to spare for post-production. But despite the production already rolling for the sequel, don’t expect a first look until the end of the year — at the earliest. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Marvel Studios still has four films to roll out this year alone, and two more before the aforementioned project. Aside from that, there’s also a string of MCU/Disney+ show on the horizon. Given a packed slate, chances are that marketing will focus on those first.

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Source: Variety

  • Black Widow (2021)Release date: Jul 09, 2021
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Release date: Sep 03, 2021
  • Eternals (2021)Release date: Nov 05, 2021
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)Release date: Dec 17, 2021
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: Mar 25, 2022
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
  • The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023

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