Not only will the sequel "absolutely" happen, but it already has a strong direction, says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
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But "Black Panther 2," whatever it ends up being called, will likely flow organically from the first film, because it's something the filmmakers talked about even when making the first movie.
"One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a part one and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a part two," Feige said. "There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first 'Black Panther.' We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one."
Could that solid direction include rapper Kendrick Lamar as a villain? The musician, who curated and produced the first film's soundtrack, told BBC Radio 1 he'd have fun playing a villain like Erik Killmonger from the first movie.
"He was a villain but he was loved and misunderstood," Lamar said. "So if I could, I'd play a Killmonger for sure."