Black Panther isn’t in theaters until tonight, but we all know it’s going to be a massive hit. A sequel is a foregone conclusion, as T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) seems like a sure bet to survive the next two Avengers movies. Marvel Studios just has to make sure they get director Ryan Coogler back for another trip to Wakanda.
Studio chief Kevin Feige tells Variety that he “Absolutely” wants Coogler back for the sequel and hopes the director will return. Feige stopped short of officially announcing a Black Panther sequel, but he left little doubt that the story can and likely will continue.
“We always say we work on one movie at a time. If you have any good ideas, put it in the movie you’re making. If you don’t, you might not be able to make another one. That said, Panther has been around for more than half a century in the comic books and there are many, many stories to tell.”
Coogler has been a comic book fan all his life and has discussed his Black Panther fandom many times throughout the press tour. He’s also put a stamp on this franchise much in the way that James Gunn has with Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s hard to imagine Coogler not wanting to come back.
I expect a Black Panther sequel, directed by Ryan Coogler, to be among the first titles announced (besides GotG Vol. 3 and the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel) for Phase Four, or whatever Marvel Studios calls their films after Avengers 4.
Black Panther is in theaters tonight and you can get tickets here.