Black Panther 2, now titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is still chugging ahead without T’Challa. Remember, not long after Chadwick Boseman’s death, Kevin Feige announced the character would be retired instead of being recast.
Last time we heard from Martin Freeman, who played Everett Ross in Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther, he commented:
Yeah, I am doing the second Black Panther. I’m going to be speaking to Ryan Coogler soon about what shape that’s going to look like. I have no idea about the script [so] I don’t know what’s going to happen… All I know is that I’m in it.
Time has passed, things have changed, and now Freeman has not only gotten the rundown by writer/director Ryan Cooglar, but he has thoughts about it. The actor told ET:
I had a Zoom call with Ryan Coogler, the director and co-writer about seven or eight weeks ago, I suppose. He sort of meticulously took me through all of my character’s beats in the film. He took me through the film, but incorporating my character’s beats.
Freeman, preferring to live, didn’t share any details about the story. He did, however, share his reactions to the plot:
Some of it was very odd, and I think [Coogler] could see from the reaction on my face to some of the things he was saying. He kept sort of stopping, and he kept going, ‘Stay with me, but this is going to work.’
Now, Marvel makes a lot of decisions that can feel very odd, but almost all of them hit the mark in the end. Remember when they decided to make a movie with a talking tree and racoon? How about the time they put their characters into sitcoms?
So, my faith is with Cooglar and Feige, as always. Though Freeman’s analysis is very intriguing.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is slated for July 8, 2022.