The fate of the Black Panther franchise was in doubt with the unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman. Still, with the debut of Wakanda Forever, it was obvious that Boseman’s legacy would endure. In Wakanda Forever, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 30th film (but the 40th if you’re watching all the Marvel movies in sequence), Shuri assumes the role of one of the MCU’s most popular heroes and becomes the new Black Panther.
Reviews for the film were mostly positive, with our own Charlotte Colombo calling it “one of the best superhero movies” that “helped elevate the genre to a new level” in her Black Panther 2 review. When will Shuri and the other cast members from Black Panther be back? Does Marvel have any plans for a third Black Panther film? Don’t fret, however; we’ve got you covered with the info you need. Find out when Black Panther 3 will be in theaters below.
Black Panther 3 Renewal Status
Black Panther 3’s lack of confirmation is not surprising given Marvel’s habit of delaying the announcement of new projects (Kevin Feige didn’t reveal Black Panther: Wakanda Forever until San Diego Comic-Con 2019, nearly a year after the original film’s release). As is customary with Marvel Cinematic Universe films, producer Nate Moore has stated that concepts for Black Panther 3 have been considered, but that there will be a delay before a decision is made. It seems sense for Marvel to proceed with caution and restraint, but don’t count off Black Panther 3 just yet.
Black Panther 3 Release Date
The four years that passed between the first Black Panther and its sequel presented unique challenges, what with the epidemic and the untimely death of Chadwick Boseman. However, if we have to wait a little longer, Black Panther 3 won’t come out until 2026 at the earliest.
Phase 5 of Marvel’s plan extends through 2024, while Phase 6 will take us through the summer of 2026. Given this information, setting the third film’s release date in 2026 seems like a solid plan. In November of 2025, however, there will be a release date for an unnamed Marvel film. That may be saved for a Black Panther movie saga. However, at this time, this is all just conjecture.
Black Panther 3 Cast
Shuri (Letitia Wright), Okoye (Danai Gurira), M’Baku (Winston Duke), and Aneka (Michaela Coel), among others, are all likely to return if Black Panther 3 gets the green light. Okoye’s “favorite colonizer,” Everett Ross (Martin Freeman), may make an appearance in Black Panther. In any case, these actors are locks to reprise their roles in a sequel.
- Letitia Wright as Shuri
- Winston Duke as M’Baku
- Florence Kasumba as Ayo
- Michaela Coel as Aneka
- Danai Gurira as Okoye
- Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia
- Tenoch Huerta as Namor
- Martin Freeman as CIA operative Everett Ross
Black Panther 3 Expected Plot
Loss and mourning play a significant role in Wakanda Forever, and it seems probable that these themes will recur in Black Panther 3. It’s probable that the sequel may offer fresh problems, both internal and external to Wakanda, considering the introduction of new characters like Shuri and Prince T’Challa.
Shuri and M’Baku, who are on different ends of the political spectrum in Wakanda, have an interesting dynamic that may be explored further. Having Namor serve as the film’s primary adversary might also spark larger confrontations involving characters from other MCU franchises. The third film is expected to follow in the footsteps of the past two in fusing typical superhero aspects with themes and inspirations from Africa. The series’ music has been a major factor in its popularity, and its presence in future installments is expected.
Black Panther 3 Trailer
Since the production of Black Panther 3 has not been approved as of yet, there is no trailer, promotional stills, or behind-the-scenes images to speak about. Until Avengers: Kang Dynasty is released in 2025, it seems likely that Black Panther 3 news won’t emerge until then. Meanwhile, it’s possible that major players from Black Panther may make a return in the Disney+ series Ironheart.
Where to watch Black Panther?
Black Panther will premiere in cinemas before it is made available on Disney Plus.
It will be difficult for Black Panther 3 to live up to the lofty standards set by Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, should it ever see the light of day. Still, we hope that Marvel Studios will reveal at least the film’s title in the coming months so that we can start planning accordingly.