Ryan Coogler has addressed wheat it's like to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to direct his first sequel with Black Panther 2.
Following the news last month that Coogler will write and direct Black Panther 2, audiences can look ahead at the sequel. Previously known for Fruitvale Station and Creed, Coogler's success on Black Panther cemented him as one of Hollywood's hottest filmmakers.
Although there's a lot of pressure for Black Panther 2 to live up to the success of its blockbuster predecessor, Coogler told IndieWire he's ready to embrace the challenge. “I think the pressure is kind of always going to be there,” he explained. “I’ve had a chance to make three feature films, each one of them had its own very specific type of pressure. In the process of it, it feels insurmountable each time.”
Despite the expectations for Black Panther 2 to perform, Coogler addressed how he'll tackle the project. "What we’re going to try to do is just focus on the work, like we always do," he said. "Really try to go step by step and try to quiet everything else around us, really focus on trying to make something that has some type of meaning."
While Coogler knows that all of his movies have come with some form of pressure, he isn't taking it easy with Black Panther 2. The MCU is already stocked with great sequels, like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol..2, but it's also remembered for more disappointing entries, like Thor: The Dark World.
Black Panther earned $1.3 billion worldwide and became a bigger domestic hit than Avengers: Infinity War. While Black Panther 2 was always likely to happen, Coogler only recently signed the contract. With production tentatively scheduled to begin in 2019, it means Black Panther 2 is still a long way off.
Details surrounding Coogler's sequel are thin, and he isn't willing to give anything away just yet. The ending of Black Panther saw Wakanda open its borders and embrace a wider world. As well as any number of potential Black Panther storylines set up by the first movie, Michael B. Jordan also said he'd love to return as Erik Killmonger.