After the MCU closed Phase 4 last year, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever became one of Marvel’s sequels that worked as well as its predecessor. The long-awaited sequel was well-embraced by critics and fans for the way it honored its main protagonist, Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa, after his passing and how they properly executed Letitia Wright's Shuri as the new Black Panther. With that, it’s not just fans that are hoping a third film is on the studio's cinematic calendar, but the movie’s stars as well.
During January 2023 Golden Globes red carpet, Wright hinted that Black Panther 3 is underway, and she’s excited for the fans to see it. However, in her new interview with Buzzfeed, the Black Panther star backpedaled on her previous comment and clarified that the third movie is not yet confirmed; she is just hopeful that there will be one.
“What I tried to say, maybe I didn't do it clearly to clarify, is there is always the hope that you would have another film, especially in a franchise. If there is to be another film, which I hope there will be, I think there will be; it takes time to make it; you have to go through the script process.” Wright justified.
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The Black Panther film series is one of the MCU installments that is well-celebrated, so a third movie is possible even without confirmation for now. Marvel’s slate is currently jam-packed given the delays of some projects; that’s why it’s difficult to see where another Black Panther film would fit, but fans remain confident that a trilogy is an inevitable part of the MCU's future.
After all, Shuri is not the only protagonist of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever who will be featured more in upcoming MCU offerings. Marvel boss Kevin Feige revealed that they have possible stories to tell with Namor, the Tenoch Huerta character who was introduced in the film, but at the moment, he cannot disclose any details about them.
Nevertheless, fans are hopeful that the story of Wakanda will continue even if there is no third film because of the increased global interest in Vibranium, which is the narrative that is possible to see in projects like Captain America: New World Order and Thunderbolts.
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is streaming on Disney+.