Director Ryan Coogler signs on for "Black Panther" sequel

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Sources tell Variety that Coogler is on board to write and direct the sequel to the hit superhero tentpole "Black Panther".

From what we understand, the filmmaker will begin penning the script next year with the sequel heading in front of cameras in either late 2019 or perhaps early 2020.

"The experience of making Black Panther, even before it came out, was a transformative one", Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said at the Produced By conference earlier this summer.

Coogler's continued involvement in the franchise, which has become one of Marvel's tentpole newcomers as the studio charts a course for the MCU's next phase, has seemed all but inevitable following the critical and commercial success of the first film.

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Avengers: Infinity War is the first step towards ending a 20-year-long story, with so many moving parts it should have failed, but spectacularly didn't, and went on to make $2.047 billion at the box office. The movie is also expected to be in awards contention, as is Coogler for directing. Will it be Black Panther 2, Iron Man style, or have a snappy subtitle like the Captain America films?

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Actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed T'Challa/Black Panther in Coogler's film, will reprise his role in the follow-up.

Still, Coogler is also set to work on a drama film called Wrong Answer with his usual collaborator Michael B. Jordan, and he'll be an executive producer on the new Space Jam movie, so he won't be a Marvel guy forever.

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