Ryan Coogler is back in the kitchen cooking up the sequel to Marvel’s Black Panther. According to Disney’s CEO Bob Iger’s statement in The Wall Street Journal, Coogler is “just beginning the process of outlining the story.”
The Root reports Black Panther 2’s release date is slated for May 6, 2022. The blockbuster film shattered box office records when it reached the $1 billion global mark. In 2018, Coogler explained to TIME that Black Panther falls into the category of “superhero films that deal with issues of being of African descent.”
While making Black Panther, the Oakland native wanted to highlight the cultural richness and beautiful history that Africa embodies for the global diaspora.
“In the diaspora, the Africa we tend to hear about is this fantasy place,” he said to Rolling Stone. “Because it’s hard to tell a child about slavery—it’s so dire and so awful that you kind of have to balance it with something. So we get this fairy-tale version of Africa. ‘We were kings and queens, and we walked around and ate perfect food, and everyone was free.’”
Coogler’s next production is titled Jesus Was My Homeboy, starring Lakeith Stanfield, and Daniel Kuluuya.