Black Panther 2 Will Reportedly Begin Shooting This Summer

Letitia Wright may have an expanded role in Black Panther 2.
Letitia Wright may have an expanded role in Black Panther 2.
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The unthinkable loss of Chadwick Boseman understandably slowed down the timeline on Black Panther 2. Originally, production was aiming to start in March 2021 for a May 6, 2022 release, but then then tragedy struck. However, things have slowly begun to pick back up, and a new report says filming will begin in July 2021.

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Though Marvel refused to comment on the news, the Hollywood Reporter says production will once again take place in Atlanta and actor Tenoch Huerta, known for Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, is joining the cast as a villain. Whether he’s the main villain or one of a group is unclear. It’s also unclear how the film will deal with Boseman’s loss, though there won’t be any CGI replacement and Letitia Wright’s role as Shuri may be expanded.

Wright and Huerta will be joined by Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett, all of whom will be reprising their roles. Ryan Coogler is also returning to write and direct.

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Though there’s no word if Coogler and his team will be able to hit the tight release date, even if they don’t, there’s no shortage of Marvel movies coming. Besides the three that have already completed shooting and are in post production, with 2021 release dates set (that’s Black Widow on May 7, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on July 9, and Eternals on November 11), Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange 2 have recently, or will soon, start filming. Thor: Love and Thunder will begin filming early next year followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 at the end of the year.

Plus, there are all the Disney+ shows, which include WandaVision (out January 15); Loki and The Falcon and Winter Soldier (both of which are currently filming); and Ms. Marvel, which recently began filming. Both She-Hulk and Moon Knight are likely to begin filming in March.

Which is to say, Marvel has a pretty strong family to support whatever needs to happen on Black Panther 2. As of now, it remains on schedule for a May 6, 2022 release.

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My best guess is that Black Panther 2 is built around the loss of Boseman. If there is a constant theme of Coogler’s movies, it’s loss. Fruitvale Station dealt with the impeding, unjustified loss of Oscar Grant. Creed dealt with Adonis living a life without his father. BP dealt with both T’Challa and Killmonger dealing with the sins of their departed fathers.

My educated guess is BP2 is built completely around the loss of T’Challa start to finish, especially with the ending of BP1 bringing Wakanda into the global fold. What does Wakanda look like trying to forge ahead without the king who spearheaded the movement? Who takes the throne and the suit and who is willing to bear the burden of that sudden responsibility? What does it mean to follow T’Challa and all he did in a short reign?

There will of course be something to eventually punch in the face, but I imagine the spectre of T’Challa/Boseman will permeate throughout the whole story, which will allow both the characters and fans to eulogize him properly as Fast Seven did for Paul Walker.