Black Panther opened to critical acclaim and has become the most successful Marvel Studios film domestically, leaving fans excited to see what the future holds for the titular character and his allies. In an interview with Collider, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige offered an update on director Ryan Coogler’s return for the all-but-guaranteed Black Panther sequel and when fans can expect the second film to officially move forward.
Feige confirmed that Coogler’s return is “actively being worked out,” but added that the film will happen when Coogler is ready:
“We definitely want Ryan to come back and that’s actively being worked out right now. 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.”
The success of Black Panther also solidified Marvel’s plans for the future rather than changed them, according to Feige:
“The success of Panther is so amazing and makes us happy for so many reasons, and it certainly exceeded our lofty expectations. But our expectations were always lofty, so we had built a plan, not the least of which was centering so much of Infinity War in those locations and with some of those characters, that [its success] just says, ‘Let’s stick to this plan.’”
Black Panther and his allies will return when Thanos invades Wakanda in Avengers: Infinity War.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released in theaters on April 27, 2018.