WASHINGTON — Get ready to witness the world of Wakanda all over again! Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently revealed that “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” started filming on June 29 at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, as per reports.
Feige said that everyone from the original cast is also coming back, without, of course, late star Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in August 2020 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
“It’s very emotional without Chad,” said Feige before the “Black Widow” Global Fan Event in Los Angeles on the night of June 29.
“But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud,” he added.
Plot details have been kept under wraps, and Feige did not say which specific actors would be returning. But Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett would likely reprise their roles from the original film.
Director Ryan Coogler is returning to direct the upcoming installment from his screenplay. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is set to debut on July 8, 2022.
The upcoming movie is one of 26 forthcoming titles on Marvel Studios’ slate for theatrical release and streaming on Disney Plus, including a TV series set within the world of Wakanda that is part of a multi-year overall television deal Coogler and his Proximity Media signed with The Walt Disney Company in February this year.
The first installment of the “Black Panther” series was a massive hit when released in February 2018. The film earned $ 1.34 billion worldwide, making “Black Panther” Marvel’s highest-grossing non-“Avengers” movie of all time.
The movie also earned seven Academy Award nominations and won Oscars for the score, costume design, and production design to its credit.
Marvel Studios has produced 24 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2008, ranging from “Iron Man” (2008) to “Black Widow” (2021), as well as three television shows since 2021. These films and television series and the studio’s one-shots all have a common thread running through them.
Marvel Studios was also engaged in the development of other Marvel-character film franchises that have grossed more than $1 billion in North American theaters, such as the “X-Men” and the “Spider-Man” multi-picture franchises.
The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion on December 31, 2009. For the time being, both Marvel and Disney claimed that the merger would not affect any pre-existing partnerships with other film studios. At the same time, Disney stated that they would distribute future Marvel productions through their studio once the deals expired.
(With inputs from ANI)
(Edited by Anindita Ghosh and Ojaswin Kathuria)
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