'Black Panther 2': Release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know about MCU's first movie in Phase 5

It's time to say 'Wakanda Forever". Again. Ryan Coogler will return to helm the sequel and is slated for a 2022 release


                            'Black Panther 2': Release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know about MCU's first movie in  Phase 5

While the San Diego Comic-Con never confirmed a 'Black Panther' sequel, it was only a matter of time before a formal announcement was made. The D23 Expo 2019 saw Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige announce the release date for the Chadwick Boseman starrer, and, not surprisngly, it was met with a rapturous response. The confirmation makes it clear that the sequel will be part of Phase 5. The upcoming phase has five movies and for the time being, it is the TV series that are making the headlines. 

Here's what we know about the sequel so far.

Release

Feige and Coogler during 'Black Panther 2' announcements at the D23. (Twitter)

'Black Panther 2'  will hit the screens on May 6, 2022. 

Plot

Much is still under wraps. However, there are a few plot points that could be looked at. That the movie takes place after the events of 'Avengers: Endgame' is a no-brainer. Perhaps, the storyline may also introduce Namor, the submariner. 'Endgame' saw Okoye (Danai Gurira) report an underwater earthquake off the African coast when the surviving group of Avengers update Black Widow with the developments. When Widow asks Wakanda's response, the reply was that they would leave it alone thinking that it was a natural phenomenon. 

What if the earthquake was caused by Namor. After all, Atlantis is a city in itself and Thanos' snap may have impacted the underwater kingdom too. The other reason why Namor could be the aptest choice for the baddie is that he's been Black Panther's most formidable foe in comics. It could also be possible that Namor is leading an invasion from Atlantis, who has its own advanced technology and the Atlanteans may look at usurping Wakanda's tech as well.

Cast

While the cast hasn't been officially confirmed, we can guess who the will-be-back's are. 

Chadwick Aaron Boseman as King T'Challa aka Black Panther

Actor Chadwick Boseman will be back as T'Challa (Getty Images)

The King of Wakanda was the first to be resurrected from the snap and arrive at the battle scene in 'Endgame'. He's also one of the surviving Avengers

Danai Gurira as Okoye

Gurira will reprise her role as Okoye. (Getty Images)

Okoye is the General of the Dora Milaje and the head of Wakandan armed forces and intel. The commander was a formidable ally in 'Endgame' and we'll definitely see more of her in the sequel.

Letitia Wright as Shuri

Letitia Wright in Black Panther (2018). (IMDb)

T'Challa's genius sister and an innovator responsible for creating much of Wakanda's modern technology.

Michael B. Jordan as  N'Jadaka aka Erik Killmonger

Jordan may probably return briefly to play Killmonger. (Getty Images)

Now this one might be a bit tricky considering the character died in 'Black Panther'. However, there are theories doing the rounds that he will be seen in the astral plane where the dead still guide the king of Wakanda. Feige, however, quashed this theory calling it a "rumor". You never know though. How many times has Marvel managed to surprise us?

Martin Freeman (Everett Ross), Daniel Kaluuya (W'Kabi) and Angela Bassett (Ramonda, T'Challa's mother), were featured in the first movie. They might be back too. No confirmations yet though. 

Writer/Director

Ryan Coogler who helmed the first 'Black Panther' movie will return to direct the sequel as well. 

Trailer

Nope, no footage at the moment. Anywhere. However, watch this space for any first-looks and trailer updates.

Keep checking as we'll update this article as and when there are developments.

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