With the massive success of Black Panther in 2018, a Black Panther sequel is the next step.
Black Panther has scored around $1 billion in the box office so far and is the highest ranked movie of all time. Although that’s according to rotten tomatoes, so meh…
But what’s most special about Black Panther is that you don’t need to be a Marvel fan to enjoy this film. It speaks to so many different people on so many different levels. It’s a history making film that people will talk about for a long time to come.
So that leaves the question: What’s in store for us in the Black Panther sequel? Well hopefully Black Panther (2018) was just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many more interesting storylines and characters/villains to play with.
Here are just a few!
M’Baku could become a villain again in the Black Panther sequel.
M’Baku the Man Ape. Source: Screen Rant
Since Eric Killmonger (who we deemed Marvel’s greatest ever on-screen villain) died at the end of Black Panther, that pretty much puts an end to that rivalry. But M’Baku is in prime position to overthrow T’Challa again.
The end of Black Panther provides the perfect opportunity for M’Baku to reassert his dominance since Wakanda is in a state of fragmentation. Killmonger destroyed the heart-shaped herbs which could bring an end to the lineage of Black Panthers. This would leave the thrown to M’Baku for the taking.
While M’Baku became an ally to T’Challa after the two fought, in the comics he is one of Black Panther’s greatest rivals. So I predict the two have a falling out and we hopefully see M’Baku become ‘Man Ape’. In the comics, M’Baku is the leader of the White Gorilla Cult. He gained his strength after eating the flesh of Wakanda’s White Gorillas.
Their rivalry stems from political differences on how they view that Wakanda should be lead. Hopefully we see this rivalry continue. The political and cultural element has so much appeal to mass audiences outside of comics and made Black Panther so relevant.
What happens to Nakia in the Black Panther sequel?
Should T’Challa and Nakia get back together? Source: Wear Your Voice Mag
Another exciting contender for main villain in the next Black Panther could be Nakia. While she is portrayed as a badass heroine, this isn’t exactly accurate. At least not as far as original storylines and Marvel comics go…
She may have some jealousy issues…
True Black Panther fans know exactly what I’m talking about. To find out more about how Nakia turns evil and what this could mean for the Black Panther sequel, click here.
Black Panther 2 needs to introduce Namor as the main villain.
Namor the king of Atlantis. Source: Comic Book
Last but certainly not least on my list of villains is Namor King of Atlantis, whoop whoop!
This is hugely exciting for a number of reasons:
Firstly Namor would be by far the most powerful villain introduced in the Black Panther MCU thus far. He poses a huge threat for a Wakanda massacre (which happened in the Marvel comics).
It could be an all out war: Wakanda vs Atlantis. In the comics, Namor gets possessed by the phoenix force and drowns thousands of Wakandans with a massive title wave. I want to see that brought to life on the big screen. Visually it would look epic and would make for a tragically dramatic movie. Think of it like Titanic.
But I think it would be even cooler if the sequel somehow blended all three villains into one film. Or would that be just too much?
I have an explanation for this and it’s about to get confusing but it could definitely work. Pay attention people, ya hear me?
Maybe we could see Nakia’s jealousy issues play out on a smaller scale. This could affect the next lady in T’Challa’s life and that rivalry could be a co-rivalry paralleled to the main one of T’challa and M’Baku’s political rivalry.
Then in comes Namor who threatens to destroy all of Wakanda. T’Challa, M’Baku and Nakia set aside their differences to unite what’s left of Wakanda and defeat Namor. Does that sound like an awesome sequel or what? I’m a genius!
Will Black Panther and the X-Men’s paths cross?
Black Panther + Storm = #relationshipgoalz. Source: Comic Book
If Storm gets introduced in the Black Panther sequel, this could provide an avenue to introduce the X-Men. But that all depends on the Disney and Fox deal.
This could be difficult considering Hugh Jackman isn’t playing Wolverine anymore. Or so he says. Also with all the exciting options available, this may not be the best route to take.
However if this was going to happen then I would suggest this: While fighting Namor and the Atlanteans, Wakanda is getting slaughtered so Storm calls up her friends, the X-Men, for back up to defeat Namor.
This could potentially work and I would love to see Storm introduced into the Black Panther storyline. But for god’s sake, please don’t cast Hale Berry!
If we see Storm in the next Black Panther movie then it could also provide an interesting jealousy plot between Nakia and Storm while both heroines fight for the right to be queen over Wakanda. I love this as a parallel to T’Challa’s battle to retain the throne.
Avengers: Infinity War will drastically affect the MCU for the Black Panther sequel.
Dream Team. Source: 411Mania.com
While all of this is just speculation, one this is for sure. The Black Panther sequel will take place in an entirely different world to the first Black Panther because of Avengers: Infinity War. Wakanda will be a crucial part of this battle and will no doubt be heavily featured in this war.
Which of our favourite Marvel characters will make it after the massive war with Thanos and the Black Order? This is potentially the biggest MCU altering film and will really set the tone for everything that comes afterwards. (We’ve written five theories on where Marvel will go beyond Infinity War.)
Also on the horizon is Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and Captain Marvel. These films could potentially mean an interaction between these narratives and Black Panther.
Other than that, I can’t really say what is going to happen until we see Avengers: Infinity War because it will change everything. In fact, I will go as far as to say that Avengers: Infinity War will be the most important Marvel movie ever made.
So until then, we must wait.
Black Panther sequel release date?
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige had this to say about when we can expect a Black Panther sequel in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“It’s all about getting Infinity War finished and out, starting Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Untitled Avengers, the next Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3. These are the ones that are keeping us busy. When and how that deal with Fox finishes and comes together and we’re told, ‘Hey, now you can start working on it. Now you can start thinking about it,’ is when we’ll actually start thinking about it…”
So with all the exciting Marvel movies coming, I predict we probably won’t see a sequel until 2020 at the earliest. But that won’t stop us Marvel fans from talking about it!
Have a read of our five reasons why Black Panther was so great, and while you’re at it, check out an explanation of the Black Panther Soul Infinity Stone Theory.