Surprise, Marvel fans!
The official title and release date for the highly-anticipated “Black Panther” sequel were revealed Monday in a megatrailer celebrating Marvel movies.
The sequel to the 2018 film starring the late Chadwick Boseman is set to be released July 8, 2022, and is titled “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced in December that the film would not recast Boseman’s T’Challa character in its next installment.
Boseman died last August at age 43 after a private battle with colon cancer.
“Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives,” Feige said at the time. “His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past. It’s for that reason we will not recast the character.”
Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Winston Duke (M’Baku) and Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi) are expected to return.
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The three-minute long trailer also featured official titles and release dates for other upcoming Marvel movies including “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Sept. 3, 2021), “Thor: Love and Thunder” (May 6, 2022) and Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” sequel, “The Marvels” (Nov. 11, 2022).
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Last month, Marvel Studios released its first trailer for “Shang-Chi,” which stars its first leading Asian superhero. The upcoming martial arts film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton tells the story of a martial artist trained since childhood by the Ten Rings terror organization to be an assassin.
The teaser introduces Shang-Chi (Liu), a valet attendant attempting to live a normal life in San Francisco. However, he soon realizes he can’t escape his true identity as an assassin and must confront the past he thought he left behind.
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Contributing: Bryan Alexander