Marvel's Black Panther 2 Is Now In Production

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is directed by Ryan Coogler and releases in July 2022.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has started production. As reported by Variety, the sequel to the 2018 Marvel blockbuster Black Panther is now shooting in Atlanta ahead of its July 2022 release.

The new Black Panther movie is written and directed by Ryan Coogler once more, with many members of the first film's cast expected to return. Chadwick Boseman, who played the title role in Black Panther, died last year, and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige recently stated that making the new movie without him would be an emotional experience.

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," he said at a virtual Black Widow event this week. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Marvel hasn't officially announced the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever yet. However, it was previously reported that Danai Gurira will be back as Okoye, while Lupita Nyong'o released this very silly video that seemed to confirm her return as Nakia. In addition, Martin Freeman recently stated that he will reprise the character of CIA agent Everett K. Ross. Feige previously announced that Boseman's role of T'Challa wouldn't be recast.

In an interview earlier this year, Coogler spoke about making the movie without Boseman, and admitted that he was finding it hard to separate his personal loss from the fact he has a job to do. "You have a professional life, you've got a personal life," he said. "Personal life, I'm going to say that when you work in something that you love, those things blend, they come together. I'm trying to find a work-life balance. But I'm not there yet, so this is without a question the hardest thing I've had to do in my professional life."

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