There were plenty of breakout movies in 2019 but Black Panther might be the one with the longest impact. The movie came out in February and we’re still talking about it, which is an extremely long shelf life for a movie. It’s not surprising that a movie that made a billion dollars is getting a sequel. But exactly when we’re getting that sequel — or almost any other details about the film — is very much up in the air as star Danai Gurira told Entertainment Tonight.
“I think it’s early days,” Gurira, who portrays Okoye in the film, expressed about where the film will start, adding that the team entrusts “our visionary” Ryan Coogler, who directed and co-wrote the first film with the role of continuing the story. “He’s a very stunning collaborator as well, but he’s in his process until he is willing to open that up and that is what makes him such an amazing leader.”
Pretty much all of the characters in Black Panther were breakout characters, but one of the bigger ones was T’Challa’s sister Shuri. Gurira was asked if director Ryan Coogler is planning to let her take up the mantle of the Black Panther like she does in the comics, but Gurira insisted that we trust Coogler.
“We’ll see how that goes. Leave it to [Coogler]. He knows what he’s doing. I’ve very sure of that.”
Gurira is set to appear in the highly anticipated Avengers 4. When asked if she could share anything Gurira artfully dodged the question with a “there is absolutely nothing of what you’ve asked that I can answer.”
The cast of Black Panther is still a little mystified about everything that has happened in the last ten months, but this is the sort of thing Gurira has always wanted to be involved in.
“We have been through an amazing and astounding year that we could never have dreamt of or imagined,” the actress reflected to ET about the superhero flick’s success. “The way the movie has been embraced, the way people have responded to it. That is the sort of art that I have always wanted to be a part of.”
“[I have always wanted to] tell stories that I believe have always been able to be told, even as a playwright, which is you can put the African front and center, you can put the black person front and center,” she continued. “You can create excellent stories about people who are not of the ‘mainstream’ and you will find that the mainstream is actually many things.”
There have been plenty of rumors about when we’re going to see the first trailer for Avengers 4 and what kind of life Okoye is living after watching T’Challa fade from sight.
Untitled Avengers Movie / Avengers 4, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Sean Gunn, Brie Larson, Evangeline Lilly, Paul Rudd, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ty Simpkins. It will be released on May 3rd, 2019.