During the D23 Expo, Director Ryan Coogler announced that “Black Panther 2” will be released in theaters May 6, 2022. This has left fans anticipating the new release and critics speculating as to what may be expected in the sequel’s release.

After the release of Marvel’s “Black Panther” in 2018, fans and critics alike have been anticipating  the sequel to follow in the release’s success. The critically acclaimed movie broke box office records as the highest-grossing, superhero stand-alone film at 1.3 billion worldwide, and the highest opening weekend gross for a predominantly black cast at 370.8 million worldwide. The movie chronicles T’Challa, the heir to the Wakandan throne, played by Chadwick Boseman, as he journeys for a grander understanding of the nation his late father has left behind for him to continue to protect the nation and its precious resources from the rest of the world. 

“Black Panther” ended on a relatively somber note that effectively shifted the audience’s perspective of protagonist T’Challa after he temporarily loses the throne to Killmonger. T’Challa is then challenged with a new way of thinking, and it is then that he realizes that in many ways Killmonger is the real victim of the story, hence his lack of resources to the equal opportunity set before him. 

The ending of the film effectively left fans wanting to see how other countries respond to the newfound resources. Will this corrupt the nation of Wakanda as predicted by the forefathers? We see at the end of Black Panther that T’Challa has already decided to open up their resources. How are the new policies affecting the Wakandan regime and the citizens within it? What other countries are going to be affected? Will Killmonger will be in the ancestral plane? 

Perhaps an even larger topic of discussion among fans is the soundtrack of “Black Panther 2”. The first film’s soundtrack featured the musical stylings of Kendrick Lamar, Future, 2 Chainz, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and many others. This amazing body of artists left fans speculating which future artists would contribute to the sequel’s track. 

There's no doubt MCU fans will be all in attendance for the sequel’s debut. 

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