This past Sunday, Marvel's Black Panther won big at the Screen Actor's Guild ceremony, where the movie's cast won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. During the acceptance speech, star Chadwick Boseman ended by hyping up the film's upcoming sequel, saying "I know that you can't have a Black Panther now without a 2 on it."
Talk of the sequel didn't stop there however. During a backstage interview following their big win, the stars of the film addressed Black Panther 2, and how they believe that the film will live up to the original.
"To be able to build on that legacy and those characters -- and the world that Ryan [Coogler ] built, that Stan Lee, Jack Kirby created years ago, allowed Ryan to actually tell that story," Michael B. Jordan, who plays the villainous Erik Killmonger, said. "If there's an opportunity to come back and do a second one -- taking my self out of the situation -- for everybody to come back, I think I speak for everybody up here, it would be a tremendous accomplishment. Sequels I think are one of the hardest films to make, to create a world and build upon it."
Sterling K. Brown, who plays Killmonger's father in the film, then weighed in, letting everyone know that the sequel would be amazing simply "because Ryan signed on. He doesn't lose. Brother's three for three and he's going to be four for four. The Marvel team gave him all the support that they needed. [Marvel Studios President Kevin] Feige... he's a beast," the This Is Us actor added, before comparing the upcoming sequel to The Godfather Part II. "Be ready."
While Ryan Coogler is confirmed to return in the director's chair, Black Panther 2 does not yet have an official release date yet. And before viewers book a return trip to Wakanda for King T'Challa's next adventure, they will have to wait for the answers about the character's fate, answers that will come in this spring's Avengers: Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame will arrive on April 26. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.