Not much is known about Marvel’s upcoming ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, but that hasn’t stopped vibranium-powered rumour mills to spin frenetically over the sequel to the enormous hit of a first movie. Letitia Wright became a Marvel star with her performance in ‘Black Panther’ as Shuri, sister of T’Challa (titular hero played by Chadwick Boseman), and is rumoured to be taking up the mantle as the sequel’s eponymous superhero. Even if that’s not the case, Wright will certainly have a larger part in the next film.
After the tragic death of star Chadwick Boseman in August 2020 after a private battle with colon cancer, various members of the ‘Black Panther’ team have spoken about honouring his legacy in the sequel. However, fans are divided over the decision of his role of T’Challa not being recast, or digitally re-created.
The road to the sequel’s release has not been without headlines for Wright, who suffered an on-set injury and was the subject of a damaging report alleging that she was sharing anti-vaccine sentiments on the Atlanta production and that her refusal to get vaccinated was posing problems for Marvel. She denied that she was touting an anti-vax position on the set, calling the report “about my conduct” on the set “completely untrue.”
In an interview, Wright said the ‘Black Panther’ team faced “a lot of circumstances” and “difficult situations,” but that she is excited for fans to see how the sequel will honour Boseman’s legacy. Speaking on Sunday evening at Kering’s Women in Motion dinner at the Cannes Film Festival, Wright teased ‘Black Panther 2’ and spoke about what she learned throughout the pandemic, though did not address and was not asked about her vaccination stance.
“It is an incredible honour for Chadwick Boseman, it’s jam packed with exciting stuff,” Wright said. “We honoured him by committing ourselves to the story that he started, the legacy that he started with this franchise,” Wright continued. “And we just committed every day to working hard, no matter what circumstances we faced — and we faced a lot of circumstances, a lot of difficult situations — but we came together as a team, and we poured everything into this movie, so I’m excited for you to see it.”
‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ will hit theatres on Nov. 11.
I’ve seen ‘Spawn’ movie concept suits – Jamie Foxx
A Spawn reboot may finally see the light of day, with actor Jamie Foxx saying that he has seen concept suits for the comic book character. He was asked in an interview if he has seen a costume for the film, leading to a surprising answer. “I’ve seen a lot of concepts,” he reveals. “Because Todd, what he does it, every single day he’s doodling and he’s fixing and he’s doing some things that, to me, I think is gonna be like way out when you see it. And how he crafts that cape and how that cape becomes almost like – I’ll say this – as big as the screen that you’re watching.”
A live-action Spawn reboot seems to have been talked about for decades since a sequel to the 1997 release was cancelled. Creator Todd McFarlane has teased the film on multiple occasions throughout the years, with actor Jamie Foxx recently sharing news that may mean the film is much closer to a release than anticipated.
MacFarlane has said he wants the reboot to be rated R, which would be reminiscent of the 2019 R-rated release ‘Joker’, which went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.
Foxx thinks those working on the film are ready for their turn. “But it starts in a way that is so cool. And it’s not big budget, you know? And that’s what I love about it. It’s sort of like how when they did the Joker. And so, we’re just like, just getting this right, cooking it right, but staying in contact, keeping the energy going and when we lay it on you, there’s gonna be some moments where you go ‘oh man’.”
More developments are expected at New York Comic-Con in October. Regarding an announcement, McFarlane told CBR at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, “We were debating whether to make a big announcement because we’ve been adding pieces to it here at San Diego. So all the parties that were involved, we had the conversation: ‘Do we make the announcement here or do we wait and keep our gunpowder dry until New York Comic Con?’ And we eventually said we’ll do it at New York.”
‘WandaVision’ director in talks to direct ‘Fantastic Four’
Marvel Studios appears to be one step closer to finalizing plans for the highly anticipated “Fantastic Four” reboot, with news that “WandaVision” helmer Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the project, Variety has confirmed.
At the San Diego Comic-Con in July, Marvel boss Kevin Feige teased the movie, which is currently slated to debut on Nov. 8, 2024, revealing that “Fantastic Four” would kick off Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Jon Watts, who helmed all three of Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man” films, had previously been announced as the “Fantastic Four” director, but exited the project in April. Rumors that Shakman had been tapped to take the job hit the internet earlier this week, with the choice heralded by fans given the director’s successful piloting of the Disney+ series.
For his work on “WandaVision,” Shakman landed an Emmy nomination for outstanding directing for a limited or anthology series or movie, as well as a nod in the outstanding limited or anthology series category as an executive producer on the series. Shakman is also an Emmy nominee for his directing work on Hulu’s “The Great.”
DC’s troubles continue as ‘Aquaman 2’ and ‘Shazam! 2’ shift dates
Surprising only a few, ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ and ‘Shazam!: Fury of the Gods will land in theaters later than planned. Per a Variety report, Warner Bros. announced a slew of release date changes on Wednesday, pushing the ‘Aquaman’ follow-up from March 17, 2023 to Dec. 25, 2023.
The ‘Shazam!’ sequel will open on the date previously occupied by Jason Momoa’s undersea hero. The story about Zachary Levi’s Billy Batson was originally set for Dec. 21, 2022. This means ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ will debut a few days after Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ spinoff ‘Rogue Squadron’ (Dec. 23, 2023).
Meanwhile, ‘Shazam!: Fury of the Gods’, initially set to face off against James Cameron’s ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’, is now top dog over its new opening weekend.