Ryan Coogler May Direct Smaller Film Before 'Black Panther 2'

Ryan Coogler May Direct Smaller Film Before 'Black Panther 2'

It's been confirmed that Coogler is indeed returning to write and direct Black Panther 2, following the huge success of the first movie when it released earlier this year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, unnamed sources revealed that Coogler had "quietly closed a deal" to be the creative force for King T'Challa's second featured outing for Disney and the MCU, though additional details are still light.

After the initial report indicated Coogler will direct the Black Panther sequel, a report from Variety indicated the film will not go into production until late 2019 or early 2020, leaving him enough time to take on a smaller project.

The Coogler-helmed "Black Panther" is Marvel's highest domestic grossing film ever, earning just over $700 million in the USA and $1.3 billion worldwide. And one imagines that he'll have big plans in store for T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Wakanda's other beloved citizens - from Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Shuri (Letitia Wright) to M'Baku (Winston Duke) and Ramonda (Angela Bassett).

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Given the events of the Avengers: Infinity War ending and the heavily guarded secrets of Avengers 4, a new Black Panther movie presents an interesting challenge for Coogler, who is slated to begin writing the script next year.

Ryan Coogler is returning to Wakanda. Will it be Black Panther 2, Iron Man style, or have a snappy subtitle like the Captain America films?

They've chose to only put one of the movies forward for the Best Picture award. It is unknown if "Black Panther 2" will now become his primary focus if he will still tries to squeeze that smaller film in.