In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige confirmed that a Black Panther sequel is not far off.
“Nothing specific to reveal, other than to say we absolutely will do that. One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one,” Feige said.
In addition to a sequel, Feige also spoke about the possibility for more Wakanda-based spinoff films.
“I think there’s lots of potential,” Feige said. “It’s a balance between leaving people wanting more and then giving them too much, but I would watch a movie about any of those characters you just named. I think Shuri’s astounding, and you’ll see much more of her in our universe. Okoye, I think I’d watch three action films just Okoye. I’m not saying we’re doing that, but I’m saying that we’re intrigued by them. Frankly, as I’ve said before, finishing these first 22 movies is really all we’re thinking about at this point.”
Along with the characters introduced in Black Panther, Feige revealed that the studio is looking into the royal lineage of T’Challa for even more inspiration.
“We would talk about the ancestral plane sequence [in Black Panther] where, towards the end of the movie, T’Challa takes the herb again and encounters his father,” Feige said. “Where he’s like, ‘Hey, man. We’ve kind of screwed up, and I want to change it.’ There’s that moment where all of the ancestors come behind T’Chaka. We would joke and go, ‘I want to see … what’s their story? What’s that story? Who was Bashenga, the first king of Wakanda? Who’s that third to the left, behind T’Chaka? What was their story in Wakanda in 1938? That would be cool.’ It all starts as conversations like that. The more audiences want to see these stories, the more opportunities we have to explore different places and time.”
No release date for the Black Panther sequel has been announced as of yet.