Marvel Finally Decides On Black Panther 2’s Villain
A couple of weeks ago, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige took to Hall H at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to finally unveil what the team had planned for Phase 4 of the MCU. There were plenty of big reveals, with the announcement of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder. Along with more information on a handful of TV shows heading to Disney’s upcoming streaming platform, there was plenty to chew on, even if there were a few notable absences.
Black Panther 2 has officially been confirmed as part of the studio’s plans beyond Avengers: Endgame. This news may not come as a total surprise, given how successful the first movie was, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting for those who want to return to Wakanda once again. The announcement was made during Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con and, as is almost always the case, they didn’t disappoint.
If Marvel’s standalone Black Panther film showed us anything, it was that the eponymous mantle is more than just a single person – like Batman, it represents a legend, one that can inspire hope in those who choose to believe in it.
For Ryan Coogler’s mega successful movie, it was Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa who became Wakanda’s loyal protector, fending off competition from Erik Killmonger and Winston Duke’s M’Baku as he seized the throne and was crowned the rightful king of the country. But just because all ended relatively well for him in the first pic, that doesn’t mean his troubles are over just yet.
The currently untitled Black Panther 2 is now in pre-production and though details on it are pretty scarce at the moment, we’ve been told that the general gist of the plot will revolve around Wakanda coming under attack from another ruler looking to take it under his/her control. And though Marvel was said to be deciding between a few different characters from the comics for who that ruler should be, they’ve now made their decision, apparently.
According to our sources – the same ones who told us that the real Mandarin will appear in Shang-Chi and Taskmaster will be the villain in Black Widow, both of which were later confirmed by Marvel – the studio has chosen Namor to be the main antagonist of Black Panther 2. The specifics of his role are still a bit unclear, but like we said above, the sequel will see him trying to take control of Wakanda and become its ruler.
As with any scoop of this kind, we imagine Marvel may deny it publicly as they so often do, but as we mentioned above, our sources are usually pretty reliable, so we feel fully confident in their intel. And while things can always change in the development process given how early on it still is, for now, it seems that Namor will finally be making his big screen debut in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther 2.