Ryan Coogler to Write and Direct ‘Black Panther 2’

Ratifying Marvel fans' hopes for more of the Wakandan setting and storyline that director Ryan Coogler broke open with this year's Black Panther, Coogler reportedly has now agreed to write and direct a sequel to the box office-smashing film. When all said and done, the film brought in $700 million domestically and $1.35 billion worldwide.

The deal was slow in the making until recently, with Coogler being said to begin writing the screenplay next year with a production start in either late 2019 or early 2020.

In India, the film clashed with Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee's Aiyaary and completely outperformed it at the box office.

The first of two films directed by Coogler raked in a whopping $700 million domestically, $1.3 billion in total, and is nearly assured of a place in the yearly "Oscar conversation". The acclaimed filmmaker has signed on to write and direct the next movie.

By and large, both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War are and continue to be huge successes. Sadly, this announcement did not come with a release date or any plot details, but given how fresh this news is, it's to be expected.

Coogler rose to prominence with his 2015 hit "Creed" featuring Micheal B. Jordan, who also stars in "Black Panther" as the villain Erik Killmonger.

Ryan Coogler is saying "Wakanda forever" for a second time. In the past, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed his hope for Coogler to take the reins for the Chadwick Boseman-starring follow-up film, but made it clear that the movie would only happen when Coogler was ready.

Vanessa Coleman