What has Marvel planned for its future? Black Panther 2, is one of your next biggest movies, and a great opportunity to set up Phase 5 of the MCU
Black Panther 2 could be the movie with which Marvel plans to configure Phase 5 of its Cinematic Universe. By introducing new characters and concepts that will be an integral part of the upcoming Marvel movie roster, Black Panther 2 can shape the future of the MCU beyond what fans may expect from the upcoming sequel.
Originally, Phase 4 was expected to cover Marvel's movie offering from 2020 to 2021, but due to the coronavirus pandemic and all the production delays associated with it, that plan has changed, but Black Panther 2 continues to maintain its release date for May 2022. The next sequel is not yet officially part of Phase 4, but considering how the release dates of movies like Thor: Love and Thunder and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that have been carried over to 2022, two of the other films announced for that year, Black Panther 2 and Captain Marvel 2, are likely to end up being incorporated into Marvel's Phase 4.
As for what's slated for 2023 and 2024, there are a number of movies that may be filling those slots, like Ant-Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3., and Blade, which are in development, but no date. official premiere. Marvel may also include The Fantastic Four, as well as an X-Men movie. These latter properties are two of Marvel's most important, and thanks to Disney's takeover of FOX, the studio can finally make use of them. They are sure to have major roles in the MCU in the future and it's very possible that the impact they will have on the MCU will be revealed in Black Panther 2.
The sequel is one of the biggest upcoming Marvel movies
Along with Doctor Strange 2 and Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther 2 is one of the biggest movies on Marvel Studios' horizon. First, it will arrive in late spring 2022, a slot that is usually reserved for the film that Marvel hopes will be its most profitable blockbuster for that year. Between the end of April and the beginning of May is when the studio has released movies like Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Also, there is the question of Black Panther's success.
The predecessor to Black Panther 2 caused a sensation when it hit theaters in February 2018. The film received critical acclaim and is the first MCU film to have an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. It also grossed $ 1.3 billion at the worldwide box office; and it's one of the few solo superhero movies to have grossed over a billion dollars. Given how well it did both at the box office and critically, expectations are high for the sequel.
Prepare the presentation of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four
Rather than waiting until 2023 or 2024 to introduce the worlds of the X-Men and The Fantastic Four to the public, Marvel can introduce both franchises in Phase 4. By including two characters. One way to do this is by introducing Storm, a prominent member of the X-men, who in the comics is a love interest of T’Challa. Before moving to the United States and joining Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Tormenta was the princess of an African tribe in Kenya who met T’Challa as children. As adults, they became romantically involved and were even married. Black Panther 2 could immerse yourself in the relationship between T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Storm through flashbacks of their first encounters as children and scenes from today. In the end, Storm could decide to move to the United States to start a new life, thus setting the stage to introduce the rest of the X-Men in Phase 5.
If Storm's mutant abilities were shown in the film, she could serve as T’Challa's ally when he fights the main villain, who may or may not be Doctor Doom. Doom is a character that many might expect Marvel to save for later, as he would be considered a strong candidate for the villain in Marvel's Fantastic Four movie. However, using Doom as a villain in a single franchise feels like a waste of his potential. Like Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Doom is too important to be limited to just one movie. Although he is the arch nemesis of the Fantastic Four, the Latverian dictator has a reputation for having faced multiple superheroes in the Marvel Universe.
As for the story, Doom would be a good fit for the Black Panther 2 villain. His interest in securing power for himself could be his motivation for disagreeing with T’Challa. Wakanda's most important resource, the Vibranium, would be priceless for an ambitious villain like Doom, who would undoubtedly have big plans for him. The Vibranium could improve Latveria's position in the world and advance Doom's scientific research - two good reasons for it instigating a conflict with Wakanda.
The Fantastic Four and X-Men connections are the most important ways Black Panther 2 can lead to Phase 5, but these two properties may only be part of what Phase 5 has to offer. There are other major Marvel stories that Black Panther can share a connection with, Atlantis being the most important. Namor, who is widely rumored for the sequel, is the most popular choice for becoming the movie's villain. The inclusion of Doom would reduce the chances of Namor appearing, but it shouldn't be ruled out entirely. A relationship between Atlantis and Wakanda was already mentioned in Avengers: Endgame, and it could be expanded upon with a more direct reference or possibly even a post-credits scene in Black Panther 2. Marvel may not want Namor for the second movie, but it could. be on the table for Black Panther 3.
According to rumors, the MCU intends to tell its own version of the "Secret Invasion" story from the comics, and if that's really the case. There is also talk that Marvel is developing an Illuminati project for the MCU. In the comics, the Illuminati are a secret group made up of superheroes known for their intellect or for being in a position of power. Iron Man, Black Panther, Namor, Black Bolt, and Professor X have been counted as members. If Marvel wants to make an Illuminati movie, the King of Wakanda sequel could pave that way.
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