While “Avengers: Infinity War” will feature a return trip to Wakanda and the involvement of many characters from “Black Panther,” those involved have very specifically stated this is certainly not an unofficial “Black Panther 1.5” in the same way that “Captain America: Civil War” was an unofficial “Avengers 2.5”.
The true “Black Panther” sequel is in development, and in a new interview with Collider, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige says that he hopes that the first film’s director Ryan Coogler comes back to sit in the director’s chair and that negotiations are actively underway:
“We definitely want Ryan to come back and that’s actively being worked out right now. When will it be? A lot of it will be when Ryan wants to and not rushing anything, but I think we have an idea of when it will be. But, again, [we’re] not going to announce any post-Avengers 4 movies until hopefully after Avengers 4, which is another reason we’re not going to Comic-Con.”
Coogler was instrumental in the first film’s success, but as “Creed” showed he’s willing to step away from a sequel should something else catch his interest. The first “Black Panther” has already passed “Titanic” to become the third-highest domestic grosser of all time so Coogler getting a hefty pay raise is likely for the follow-up.
“Black Panther 2” has yet to lock down a release date.