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Marvel Head Says Black Panther 2 Will Be Very Special

Marvel head Kevin Feige has teased that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be very special. The sequel to the 2017 blockbuster hit Black Panther will be quite an undertaking for the studio, considering the film lost its titular hero when Chadwick Boseman sadly passed away in 2020 after a silent battle with cancer. However, filmmakers promise to honor the actor with the follow-up film. And rather than recasting T'Challah, Marvel decided to retire the character after Boseman's memorable embodiment of the role.

Production for Black Panther 2 began at the end of June, but little is known about the details of the film's storyline. Almost everyone from the core cast will be reprising their characters from the original, and Ryan Coogler is back at the helm as writer and director. The title hints that the film will focus more on the technologically advanced African nation rather than one hero. But Marvel is not only focused on making a worthy follow-up but one that honors Boseman's legacy.

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Feige recently spoke to Rotten Tomatoes about the upcoming Phase 4 of the MCU and what Black Panther fans can expect from the forthcoming film. It's been said that Coogler is still adjusting the script even though production has started, but Feige makes it clear that the focus is making the sequel something "very special" for Marvel fans. Read what Feige had to say about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever below:

"And I will say that Ryan and our producer, Nate Moore, and the entire cast, and our co-writer Joe Robert Cole, have done some remarkable things in the story and the draft. The team is assembling once again and cameras roll in the not-too-distant future on that. And it will be extremely emotional across the board, but I think they have something very special in mind.”

Black Panther 2 is set to premiere on July 8, 2022, after being announced in 2019. Boseman's unexpected passing was a shock to not only fans but the studio as well. Feige said in the interview that Marvel's heads didn't know about the actor's failing health, just like the rest of the world. So without the titular character at the lead, every character that is a part of the Black Panther 2 cast will likely play a pivotal role in the story and the future of Wakanda as a nation.

The original Black Panther was one of the biggest installments in the history of the MCU, grossing $1 billion worldwide. But Marvel is doing right by not rushing the sequel and ensuring the project meets fans' high expectations after the original blockbuster. And Coogler's masterful filmmaking abilities give confidence that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will deliver a culturally impactful story like its predecessor that will honor Boseman's legacy for his groundbreaking role as T'Challah.

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Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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