Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the next film due out from Marvel Studios and it’s set to potentially be one of the outfit’s longest features yet. A new listing on the website for Cineplex theaters puts the Ryan Coogler follow-up at two hours and 41 minutes long, a runtime that would make the sequel the longest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe outside of the Avengers franchise. That longest non-Avengers title currently belongs to Chloe Zhao’s Eternalswhich clocks in at two hours and 36 minutes, five minutes shorter than the purported Wakanda Forever runtime.
While that runtime has yet to be confirmed by Marvel or Disney representatives as tickets have yet to go on sale, it makes sense given the serious nature of the follow-up given the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
“Unfortunately, that question became more and more relevant. Both for humanity as a whole, but also for the people in our production who were coming back for this one,” Coogler said in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, suggesting the question that drove his mindset on the picture was questioning how the production would carry on in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
“Maturity is about being faced with impossible questions, and still making a choice and moving forward,” added the filmmaker. “This unique group is more like a band than it is a group of actors, and Chad was our lead singer. So for me, it was like, ‘How do I figure out a song that they can still get up there and sing? ‘, in light of what we were dealing with.”
In Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverQueen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. It has yet to be seen where the Midnight Angels tie into the story.
Introducing Tenoch Huerta as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens in theaters on November 11.