It’s here! The ‘Black Panther’ sequel title and release date were revealed Monday in a Marvel Studios mega trailer celebration of upcoming film premieres.

The sequel to the 2018 film is set to be released July 8, 2022, and is titled ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.’

Many were left wondering what direction the franchise would take in the sequel with Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman’s unfortunate passing. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that Boseman’s role, T’Challa, will not be recast, nor will his character be digitally recreated.

“Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives,” Feige said when the sequel was announced in December. “His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past. It’s for that reason we will not recast the character.”

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Franchise co-star Lupita Nyong’o spoke on what director/writer Ryan Coogler has in mind for the sequel.

“The way which he has reshaped the second movie is so respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world,” the actress stated. “So, it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this. And hopefully, what I do look forward to, is getting back together and honoring what he started with us and holding his light through it.”

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The rest of the cast is expected to make a return, including Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Winston Duke (M’Baku), and Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi).

In the trailer release, Marvel Entertainment noted, “The world may change and evolve, but the one thing that will never change: we’re all part of one big family.

The film is expected to begin shooting this summer.

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