The change in theatrical release date is reportedly due to slight changes in production. Marvel Studios have reshuffled the release dates for its anticipated titles slated for 2022.
Some of the titles which include the long-awaited Ryan Coogler directed ‘Black Panther’ sequel, ‘Wakanda Forever’, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’, ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ will now release few months later than originally scheduled, a move that going by online reaction, has left some film lovers aghast. Principal photography for ‘Wakanda Forever’ kicked off months ago with major stars from the original film spotted on the set in Atlanta. While plot details remain top secret, the film which is still in production will wrap up sometime in November.
The highly anticipated sequel was originally set for September 7, 2022 but will now premiere on November 11, 2022. Sam Raimi’s ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ will now launch on May 6, 2022 while Taika Waititi’s ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ has been confirmed for July 8, 2022.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the only Marvel movie that’s not getting pushed back is ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Vol. 3 which is set for a May 5, 2023, theatrical release.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Black Panther. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the sequel to Black Panther (2018) and the 30th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is being directed by Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole, and stars Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, and Dominique Thorne.
Ideas for a sequel began after the release of Black Panther in February 2018. Coogler negotiated to return as director in the following months, and Marvel Studios officially confirmed the sequel’s development in mid-2019. Plans for the film changed in August 2020 when Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman died from colon cancer, with Marvel choosing not to recast his role of T’Challa. Other main cast members from the first film were confirmed to return by November, and the title was announced in May 2021. Production began in late June 2021, taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, and around Massachusetts.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 11, 2022, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.