Ryan Coogler is open to the idea of returning to the director’s chair for another Black Panther movie.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever recently crossed the $800 million mark at the worldwide box office, giving Marvel Studios another hit after the recent releases of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder. Though Marvel has yet to announce a follow-up, Ryan Coogler was recently asked if he’d be down to direct the Black Panther threequel.
“I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to work on these movies,” Coogler told The New York Times. “When I got asked to do the first one, it was like a moving train. I thank God every day that I was able to jump on it and meet these people, these actors, and to meet Chadwick [Boseman] during some of the last years of his life. I’ll do it as long as folks will have me. But I think it’s bigger than just me or [co-writer] Joe [Robert Cole]. Between the first and second movie, we made $2 billion at the box office, which is what matters the most to corporations. So I hope that it continues, man. I hope people are still making movies about Wakanda long after we’re gone.”
In addition to its box office success, Wakanda Forever currently holds a 84 percent rating on the review-aggregation platform Rotten Tomatoes. The film stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman and Angela Bassett.
Two years after the release of Black Panther and T’Challa’s return in Avengers: Infinity War and its follow-up Endgame, Chadwick Boseman, the actor behind the fan-favorite character, passed away at the age of 43, following a four-year battle with colon cancer. Marvel made the decision not to recast T’Challa, with his sister Shuri taking on the Black Panther mantle.
In Heroic Hollywood’s review of the movie Ryden Scarnato wrote “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with T’Challa’s death becoming permanent due to Boseman’s real-life passing and the story now following the world of Wakanda dealing with that grief. While the film is an ensemble, it ultimately rests on the shoulders of Letitia Wright’s Shuri and Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda.”
“When it comes to performances, everyone here is at the top of their game, and you can’t help but think that’s because of how intertwined the film is with real life. With Wright and Bassett serving as focal points, the two are the strongest of the bunch, with incredibly personal moments that are some of the most heartfelt we’ve ever seen in the MCU. Shuri’s larger role in the film, in particular, also works for those who might have reservations.”
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