MCU: Instead of ‘Black Panther 2,’ Marvel Should Show a Different Side of Wakanda

by Jeremy Spirogis
A fan dressed as Black Panther

After elevating the stakes with Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) may use a little bit of time to refresh. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the MCU is taking an unplanned break, as 2020 is the primary 12 months in over 11 years with no new MCU motion pictures. Now followers hope Marvel takes this time to finesse its upcoming motion pictures, particularly Black Panther 2.

A fan dressed as Black Panther
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Marvel Studios has paused improvement on ‘Black Panther 2’

Released in February 2018, Black Panther was a cultural phenomenon and one of many MCU’s highest-grossing motion pictures. And previous to the tragic passing of star Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther 2 was on course for a May 6, 2022 launch. The actor succumbed to a four-year battle with most cancers in August 2020 at simply 43 years previous.

Following Boseman’s demise, Marvel Studios determined to take time to honor the actor’s reminiscence earlier than shifting ahead on the franchise. So the way forward for Black Panther 2 could be very a lot doubtful, with followers speculating how the MCU ought to deal with Boseman’s King T’Challa. But with Black Widow stepping outdoors the present timeline, may that strategy work right here?

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Could the movie presumably happen between ‘Avengers’ motion pictures?

As followers already know, Black Widow will observe Scarlett Johansson’s character in between the occasions of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. During this era, Black Widow is seemingly a fugitive from the regulation. Prior to her re-emergence, she finally winds up on the run with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and the Secret Avengers.

To that very same impact, Black Panther 2 may observe up on the occasions of Avengers: Infinity War. In the ultimate moments of that movie, T’Challa is amongst these characters who disappear after Thanos’ fateful snap. A set throughout this time may tackle how the nation of Wakanda persists with its king, mirroring the Black Panther franchise itself.

But there’s one large problem standing in the way in which of Marvel taking this route. The most blatant particular person to step up as each Wakandan ruler and Black Panther in T’Challa’s absence is Shuri (Letitia Wright). But in keeping with Avengers: Endgame, she too perished at Thanos’ hand. And with out a titular Black Panther at play, the mission would possibly must take one other kind.

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The MCU may shift to a Dora Millaje spinoff within the meantime

Without Shuri to take the lead, Black Panther 2 in all probability wouldn’t work. The MCU is unlikely to wish to complicate issues with one other character — equivalent to Winston Duke’s M’Baku — taking the throne. But Marvel may take a distinct strategy to maintain the nation of Wakanda an energetic a part of the MCU whereas it decides learn how to tackle T’Challa.

According to Variety, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is open to a female-led spinoff targeted on the ladies of Wakanda. With each T’Challa and Shuri gone after Avengers: Infinity War, the nation has no heirs. So the Wakandan nationwide guard, the Dora Millaje, may rise as much as tackle any rising threats within the meantime. And in doing so, the franchise takes a break.

After all, Danai Gurira’s Okoye is already seen working alongside the Avengers in Avengers: Endgame. As considered one of Black Panther’s breakout characters, Gurira — and different Black Panther actors, equivalent to Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett — may simply lead a derivative film or Disney+ collection that straight addresses what occurs whereas Wakanda is basically leader-less.

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