A second visit to the fictional African nation of Wakanda is all that Black Panther fans have dreamed of ever since the movie opened last month – and finally, Marvel has announced that a sequel is officially on its way.
This is not a drill guys.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed the news in an interview published on Friday by Entertainment Weekly.
‘We absolutely will do that,’ Feige said of a second Black Panther film, though he wouldn’t reveal any plot secrets.
The news of Black Panther 2, or whatever it ends up being called, comes as the superhero movie starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular character, passed the $1 billion (£ 721.87 million) mark in earnings this weekend.
‘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,’ Feige said. ‘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.’
Could this mean that Kendrick Lamar could finally get his dream of playing a character like fan favourite and supervillain Erik Killmonger?
This sounds like great news to us, now all we need is for Disney or director Ryan Coogler to warm up to the idea.
The rapper, who curated the hit film’s soundtrack said ‘I’ve got to now’ when asked by Radio One if he would like to make an appearance in the follow up for the box office hit.
Speaking to Clara Amfo in the BBC interview he revealed he would very much love to play something similar to Michael B. Jordan’s ‘misunderstood’ villian.
And you know what, we would love to see Kendrick walking around in the fictional African nation of Wakanda as a rival to the hero.
The HUMBLE rapper explained: ‘I really enjoy Killmonger’s character, just off the simple fact that he was a villain but he came with some real [talk]… He was a villain but he was loved and misunderstood. So if I could, I’d play a Killmonger for sure.’
On top of its stellar run thus far, it earned a further $9.9 million (£7.1 million) on its fourth Friday of release, which, according to Forbes, set it in good stead for a $41.5 million (£30 million) weekend gross which will not only earn its fourth box office topping in a row, but will boost its earning up to $530.8 million.
It made $561 million (£382.6 million) in 24 days in the US, and $442 million (£319 million) elsewhere, which means it’s definitely topped the $1 billion mark over the weekend.
It’s the 33rd movie in the history of movies that ever movied to surpass this figure in adjusted global grosses – which isn’t gross in the slightest – making it the 16th from Walt Disney and the fifth from the MCU.
It’s still got some competition as it storms past this weekend to ace its predecessors and trump the earnings of The Dark Knight ($1 billion), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.085b) and Captain America: Civil War ($1.153b), who all reached that figure on their fourth weekends.
Then there’s Iron Man 3 ($1.215b), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4b).
If it does that, which, let’s be honest, it’s definitely on track to, it’ll cement its place as the biggest solo superhero flick of all time.
Did somebody say ‘WAKANDA FOREVER?’
The latest offering from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe was described by Metro.co.uk as ‘undeniably, unapologetically African as it centres itself around #blackexcellence, taking the popular hashtag straight from social media to the big screen’.
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