The massive success of “Black Panther” has fans of the Marvel film eager to see more from the world of Wakanda, but according to the head of Marvel, a sequel isn’t exactly imminent.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told Collider during “Avengers: Infinity War” press day that the creation of “Black Panther 2” is up to the first film’s director Ryan Coogler.
“We definitely want Ryan to come back and that’s actively being worked out right now,” he said recently. “When will it be? A lot of it will be when Ryan wants to and not rushing anything, but I think we have an idea of when it will be. But, again, [we’re] not going to announce any post-‘Avengers 4’ movies until hopefully after ‘Avengers 4,’ which is another reason we’re not going to Comic-Con.”
Coogler’s schedule includes “Wrong Answer,” a film about the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal, although it isn’t clear when the movie will begin production. Still, holding out on immediately Marvel sequels isn’t the norm. Collider reported that “Thor: The Dark World” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” were already on the list regardless of who was attached to helm them. However, Coogler was an integral part of “Black Panther.” He served as a co-writer who took a personal journey to the motherland as inspiration for the fictional African nation.
Meanwhile, fans are praising the fact that Marvel is willing to wait on Coogler before starting work on a sequel.
“Can we talk about how Marvel Studios isn’t interested in a #BlackPanther sequel without Ryan?” someone tweeted. “How a BLACK, then-30-year-old director with just two films on his resumé came through and SLAYED the game with a billion dollar movie that became a cultural phenomenon? So proud of Ryan!”
“Yes, yes, and yes again!!! 🙅🏽♀️🙅🏽♀️🙅🏽♀️,” another posted.
“#BlackPanther 2 is coming… when Ryan Coogler is ready,” someone else tweeted. “Kevin Feige already confirmed the sequel is happening, and that Marvel is doing everything possible to secure Ryan for it. This is unprecedented, folks. Marvel never waits on directors but in this case…”
“As far as we get Ryan Coogler to do the sequel I’m more than happy to wait👌🏾,” said someone else.