It’s hard to believe that Avengers: Infinity War finally hits theaters next week, but some fans are already looking forward to what films will come in Marvel’s Phase 4. It is known that James Gunn and Jon Watts are returning to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and the untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel respectively, but nothing official has been confirmed regarding the all but guaranteed sequel to Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther.
But in regards to a Black Panther sequel, Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo may have hinted that Coogler will be returning to Wakanda to direct the follow-up to his cultural phenomenon. In a recent interview, the Joe revealed that they have screened Avengers: Infinity War to a few Marvel Cinematic Universe directors:
“We did allow James [Gunn], Jon Watts, and Ryan Coogler to see the movie to this point. So, yes you have to be working on a film that this will be affecting your storytelling moving forward.”
Anthony also mentioned they have been in contact with Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.
The most interesting takeaway from Joe’s comments are the fact that they screened the film for MCU directors who are working on a film because Avengers: Infinity War will affect the next chapter in storytelling for these heroes. Given that Gunn, Watts and Reed all have films to be released after this mega-blockbuster, it seems likely that Coogler will be brought back to direct a Black Panther sequel.
At this point, Marvel Studios should do whatever it takes to bring Coogler back. After all, not only did he direct the highest-grossing superhero film in U.S. history (thus far), but his success behind the camera is also a statement for more big studios to hire diverse filmmakers for their major tentpoles.
Do you think the Russo Brothers were hinting at Coogler’s return? Do you want Coogler to direct the Black Panther sequel or do you want someone else to have a chance? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the MCU.
Here is the synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film 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, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner and Paul Rudd.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters April 27, 2018.
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