Published: Sat, March 10, 2018

'Black Panther' sequel is happening, Marvel Studios chief says

'Black Panther' sequel is happening, Marvel Studios chief says

However, just in case there was any lingering doubt, fans can now rest assured, as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has officially confirmed that not only is a sequel in the cards but that the studio has already had discussions about the direction of the film. In an interview with EW, he spoke about the potential future of Black Panther, which in the wake of its barnstorming box office success looks set to be extremely influential on any new direction the franchise takes.

"Black Panther" is too good of a superhero movie, so it's not impossible if it becomes the first to get a Best Picture nomination at next year's Academy Awards. "Black Panther", like many other Marvel films, was pretty heavily promoted in an effort to build up hype and excitement.

If China's box office estimate holds, that'll make Black Panther the third-highest opening day ever for any MCU/super-hero title there, behind only Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War; it's also right around the same mark as Spider-Man: Homecoming. But Marvel Studios are already working on ways to further push inclusivity in their own movies, which will hopefully trickle into other studios in the industry.

In addition to its stellar box office run, Black Panther has also been a favorite with critics, earning a 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Yes, I am, but the new Black Panther isn't just that. "I think Shuri's astounding, and you'll see much more of her in our universe", Feige said. "The more audiences want to see these stories, the more opportunities we have to explore different places and time". I'm not saying we're doing that, but I'm saying that we're intrigued by them, he explained. Feige even hinted that "there are people we hired that we're not ready to announce in all different capacities, particularly behind the camera".

The early numbers reinforce predictions that Black Panther could enjoy a $60M opening weekend in China and go on to exceed $100M. "There's that moment where all of the ancestors come behind T'Chaka", Feige told Entertainment Weekly.

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