HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Director Ryan Coogler at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Ryan Coogler has reportedly closed a deal to write and direct a Black Panther sequel for Marvel Studios. Production on the film is expected to start between late 2019 and early 2020. That should set the stage for a theatrical release in 2021, if not November 2020.

The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter. The trade hasn’t had the best day for reporting Marvel Studios news with Brie Larson shooting down details THR reported regarding her Captain Marvel contract.

Even so, this seems likely to be accurate. We’ve already known Marvel Studios wanted to work with Coogler again, mainly because of the $1.3 billion the first film made this year, but also because Kevin Feige told us as much earlier this year.

It was never a matter of if Coolger would return to Black Panther, but when. I thought perhaps he’d go direct another film first, and maybe he’ll still squeeze a small production in, but it sounds like the Black Panther sequel is up next for him. Coogler is also developing a drama titled Wrong Answer with Michael B. Jordan.

If production can get underway in late 2019, then Black Panther 2 could be ready in time for Marvel Studios November 6, 2020 release date. It is more likely, however, that the film will be released on either February 12 or May 7, 2021.

Marvel Studios has not commented on this report and likely will not. The studio is still withholding all future film announcements until after Avengers 4 is released next year.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter