You really never know where news might come from and you also never really know if it can be trusted. Just a couple of days ago, a UK tabloid, The Sun, broke the news that Jake Gyllenhaal was signing on as Mysterio for the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. While we weren’t sure it was believable at the time, it was quickly verified by three different trades and turned out to be some of the most exciting Marvel Studios-related news we’ve come across in some time. Today, it’s the UK’s Metro running what right now seems like another sketchy rumor, this time about the sequel to this year’s wildly successful Black Panther.
The outlet, citing an insider source, claims that Ryan Coogler is in the early stages of developing a Black Panther sequel which may feature Donald Glover as a new villain and the POTENTIAL return of Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger.
Ryan Coogler is currently mapping out Black Panther’s sequel and has written in a number of new characters that movie-goers will be introduced to when it premieres. One of those characters, if he gets his wish, will be played by Childish Gambino. Nothing is set in stone but “informal talks” [are happening] between Ryan, Gambino and reps from Marvel and Disney to see if they can make it happen. They’re still yet to decide if Michael B Jordan will return in some capacity but if he doesn’t it’s likely Gambino may play some kind of villain.
This rumor comes off as both mouth watering and very hard to believe. Glover, whom Coogler consulted with when writing Black Panther, is one of the most talented men in Hollywood right now and the demand to have him as a part of a project probably couldn’t be any higher; however, he’s already in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Aaron Davis, the Prowler and the uncle of potential future Spider-Man Miles Morales, and casting him as a new character wouldn’t really fit the current Marvel Studios mold. Of course there’s always the possibility of him portraying a new CG character or even reprising his role as Davis, so while it’s tough to believe, we can see some options.
The return of Jordan’s Erik Stevens also seems a bit problematic given the way his character exited the first film in which he not only accepted his fate, but strongly refused the option to spend his life in chains. In a sense, bringing him back would seem to invalidate the events of the first film and the sentiment expressed by the character but there are some potential work-around to those issues. Though there are probably some questions that could be asked about the legitimacy of his reign, Killmonger did serve as the King of Wakand and Black Panther for a time, making it possible that his return could come during a visit to the Ancestral Plane seen multiple times in the first film.
So while this is an exciting rumor, it’s hard to take at face value for the time being. At this point, we don’t know anything about when the sequel will happen, only that it will, and negotiating with actors rarely takes place without a firm start date for a film. It’s hard to imagine having a conversation with Glover or Jordan about their availability for a film unless they can give details about a production timeline, but then again if Coogler truly does have Glover in mind for a role, anything is possible.
Stay tuned for more details on this story as it develops!