Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige isn't certain whether Black Panther co-writer/director Ryan Coogler will return for a sequel - he's not even ready to confirm that a sequel will happen. But if Black Panther 2 does come together, Feige tells Variety he "absolutely" wants to bring Coogler back.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Coogler is not signed to a deal, corroborating Feige's assertion that he's not sure of Coogler's involvement in a potential sequel.
This isn't rare for Marvel Studios; for example, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn let the question of his participation in Vol. 2 linger, and even left a gap before confirming he'd direct Vol. 3 as well. DC plays this way as well - Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins was not signed to a sequel until after that film had already become a box office and critical darling, allowing her to reportedly negotiate a much higher pay rate to return.
It's also worth noting that Coogler didn't sign to direct Creed 2, the sequel to his previous film with Black Panther actor Michael B. Jordan.
The rare confluence of exceptional critical reception and box office receipts for Black Panther mean a sequel is almost inevitable, which begs the question - is Chadwick Boseman in it for the long haul?
Digging back to 2014, shortly after Bosewick's casting was announced, Deadline reported the actor was signed on to play T'Challa in five films for Marvel Studios. Counting his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War, his solo film, the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, and the still officially untitled Avengers 4, that leaves one film on the table.
Since Black Panther 2 (however likely it may be) isn't confirmed yet, we can't confirm that Bosewick's final contracted film would be a Black Panther sequel. But reiterating the positive recpetion from both critics and fans - and citing the long tenure of the studio's other top stars, it's a safe bet we'll see multiple performances from Boseman in Marvel's future.
He'll next appear as T'Challa in May 4's Avengers: Infinity War.