It looks like Ryan Coogler will be the head of the highly anticipated Black Panther sequel. Coogler directed the juggernaut original film released in February.

Ryan Signed On For Sequel?

The movie was so successful. Marvel Studio heads want Coogler to direct the follow-up.

“We definitely want Ryan to come back and that’s actively being worked out right now,” said President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige as he promoted the latest film for the Marvel franchise, Avengers: Infinity War.

As for when Coogler can officially sign on to direct the second film amid the history-making status of the first one, Feige said there isn’t a specific timeframe just yet.

“A lot of it will be when Ryan wants to and not rushing anything, but I think we have an idea of when it will be,” added Feige.

Still, he made it clear the timing will be right for all of the Marvel franchises and brands. He said they don’t plan to announce any Black Panther news until after Avengers 4. He noted that is a major reason the studio won’t be participating in Comic-Con this year.

Everybody Wins

When it comes to the undeniable success of the film, which has made more than $1 billion worldwide since being released on Feb. 16, Feige revealed whether that has impacted plans Marvel already had for other franchises. He confessed that while they knew the movie would be successful, they didn’t expect its success to be on the major level it has experienced.

Still he went on to say the studio had already constructed a plan based on the “lofty expectations” it had already set. Feige added that Marvel would have only had to alter their future plans if Black Panther was not a success.

“Then we would have had to change a lot of what we were thinking about, but it really just solidifies and excites us to continue to move forward in the directions we’re heading in,” continued Feige.

Interestingly enough, the director of the latest Marvel movie, Avengers: Infinity War, revealed he hoped Black Panther would be a success, as it would prepare the way for the new Avengers movie.

He said filming had already wrapped for Infinity War before Black Panther hit theaters. Considering King T’Challa and Wakanda are major parts of the Avengers movie, Russo said they could only hope Black Panther would already be a popular character by its release date.

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