Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has officially begun production, much to the excitement of fans of the beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe. The sequel to 2018’s Black Panther will take an alternative approach to the fabled city of Wakanda in the wake of the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, the “Black Panther” himself, last year. Boseman’s legacy will be preserved in the upcoming sequel as his character will not be recasted, though other members of the original cast are set to return.
Production started at the Atlanta Pinewoods Studios on Tuesday, according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Feige admitted that the absence of Boseman is “very emotional,” Variety reports, though goes on to explain how the sequel will honour the late actor: “Everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”
A tweet by parent company Disney last December noted that the sequel, directed by Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler, will stray away from Boseman’s character and instead “explore the world of Wakanda and the rich characters introduced in the first film.” The sequel will be accompanied by a Black Panther spinoff series on Disney+, though the details and release date aren’t confirmed
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will release on July 8th, 2022.
In another Hollywood production news, Aquaman 2: Lost Kingdom, John Wick: Chapter 4, and the murder mystery Knives Out have all begun filming.
Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom
Jason Momoa will hope to excite DC fans again as he returns for the sequel to the hugely successful Aquaman 2018. Director James Wan used his Instagram account to reveal that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is officially filming. During the events of the first Aquaman movie, we learn that the fall of the Atlantean Empire gave birth to Seven Kingdoms beneath the sea. We got to know some of these Kingdoms as King Orm (Patrick Wilson) uses Atlantis’s impressive military to force a unity of allies to attack the surface world. As Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) tries to stop his brother’s destructive warpath, we learn that one of the Kingdoms of the Atlantean Empire has entirely disappeared, known now only as The Lost Kingdom. The recent reveal of the official name of Aquaman 2 teases the upcoming instalment will deal with this Lost Kingdom. With the Easter egg teased on the movie’s slate, it is safe to bet that the doomed city of Necrus will inspire this Kingdom.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is currently scheduled for a December 16, 2022 release date.
John Wick: Chapter 4
The official Instagram account of John Wick alerted fans to the franchise’s endeavours to get them excited again, posting a picture of a production chair brandishing the John Wick 4 logo, and the following message: “It’s begun. Consider this a professional courtesy. John Wick: Chapter 4 is now in production.”. John Wick: Chapter 4 was originally slated for a May of 2021 theatrical release- in the same release date window as Keanu Reeves’ other big franchise sequel, Matrix 4. Even though that double-feature dream never panned out, fans have been eager to know when John Wick would get over the hump of the COVID-19 pandemic and be able to get into theatres. With this production start photo, It seems safe to assume that John Wick 4’s current May 27, 2022 release date is easily in striking distance. In addition to having Chapter 4 arrive in theatres next year, the John Wick franchise is also getting a TV show to extend its universe. The spinoff series “The Continental” will be set in the iconic underworld hotel, and follow the happenings of the infamous crimelords and assassins who operate from it.
John Wick: Chapter 4 will arrive in theaters May 27, 2022.
Knives Out 2
As for Knives Out 2, there is no title for the sequel to the 2019 murder mystery yet, but on June 28, director Rian Johnson announced on social media that detective Benoit Blanc’s next adventure has started filming in Greece. Alongside Daniel Craig and Chris Evans, the film will feature Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Madelyn Cline and Jessica Yu Li Henwick. However, although there is no official release date yet, we know Knives Out 2 will release on Netflix in 2022.
Which of the four movies are you most excited to see? As for me I’m stoked about them all.