The cast of Black Panther has described their excitement over a planned sequel.
At the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday night (27Jan19), the Marvel Studios superhero feature won the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Director Ryan Coogler is already developing a follow-up to the hit film, and in a backstage chat at the SAG ceremony, a reporter asked the cast if they had any hesitations about participating in a sequel, because “it could be The Godfather Part II, or it could be Grease 2”.
“It’s one of those things where honestly, to be able to build on that legacy and those characters and the world that Ryan built – you know, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created years ago – but allow Ryan to actually tell that story, if there’s an opportunity to come back and do a second one,” responded Sterling K. Brown, who played the character of N’Jobu in the original.
Michael B. Jordan, who played villain Erik ‘Killmonger’ Stevens, went on to explain that he had every confidence in Coogler’s ability to come up with another original story.
“I mean, take myself out of that situation,” he laughed. “But for everybody to come back, I think I speak for everybody up here, it would be a tremendous accomplishment.
“Sequels, I think, are one of the hardest films to make, and I feel like to create a world and build upon it that’s so beautifully and delicately woven into the world of the Marvel Universe – but throughout cinema in general, you take Marvel out of it, I think it’s a movie that stands against all film across the board. So yeah, I think if there was an opportunity, I think everybody would be pretty excited to come back around.”
In addition, lead actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed T’Challa / Black Panther, noted that there was “no question” of his return, while Brown described Coogler, who also helmed films like Creed and Fruitvale Station, as a “beast”.
“He ain’t going to slip. Godfather II. Like, be ready,” he smiled.
Black Panther was widely praised by critics and grossed $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest grossing movie of 2018. The film has also garnered six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.