Three years ago, Michael B. Jordan delivered a memorable performance as Erik Killmonger in Marvel's Black Panther. Propelled by an incredible performance from the late Chadwick Boseman, the film went on to break box office records around the country. This year, Ryan Coogler and company reunite to put together a highly-anticipated sequel. Thus far, the details of the project are being held close to the vest. This level of secrecy has led some fans to believe that Jordan may return to the franchise in some capacity. During a recent interview, Jordan did everything but silence those interviews.
"But being in that world in a character that I loved playing, and working with [writer-director Ryan Coogler] and all that good stuff, it's family," he told People Magazine.
"We created a family over there. So to be able to be in that world again is something that, I think, will always be on the table in some capacity."
If Jordan were to appear in the sequel, he would do so without his co-star, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman died in August after a bout with colon cancer. The sudden nature of his passing left many in the Black Panther family heartbroken, including Jordan.
"[I] had a really tough year losing somebody close to me. And what that means for that franchise is it was devastating," he explained.
The team behind the film will attempt to move forward in Boseman's honor as they are expected to begin production later this year in Atlanta, Georgia. After several schedule changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marvel has announced that the film will hit theaters on July 8, 2022. Also, Boseman is expected to make his final appearance as Black Panther in the upcoming Disney+ series, What If?
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