“Black Panther” continues to create a massive shadow over the year in film. While other features have had solid box office performances, “Black Panther” reset the domestic box office ceiling for a superhero film. The movie had legs, racking up over $700 million in the United States, and finished 3rd all-time in the domestic box office. A huge part of that success comes from Ryan Coogler, who not only directed but wrote the film as well. He also brought in Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, arguably the best Marvel villain to date. This makes the news that Coogler will return one of the least surprising stories of the year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney and Marvel pushed hard to bring back Coogler. The move makes a ton of sense on both sides. On one hand, Coogler can negotiate from a place of leverage and Marvel needs stability after letting James Gunn go a few months ago. Coogler can legitimately turn the “Black Panther” franchise into his “Indiana Jones” as an action franchise. Furthermore, the money it will bring in will give Coogler the clout to really expand his scope and finance his more art driven projects.
Coogler will write the script over the next year, with production officially beginning in late 2019 or early 2020. While the “Black Panther” sequel has not been officially announced after the events of “Infinity War” dusted King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). That said, no one really believes that Marvel would kill the entire future of their universe between Black Panther, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Doctor Stranger (Benedict Cumberbatch) all disappearing. While Marvel’s kept a rather tight lip on what the next step would be, “Black Panther” was always a lock after making “Titanic” numbers at the box office.