The actor confirmed his return to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in a recent interview
The second instalment of Black Panther franchise
Black Panther 2, a project of Marvel Studios, is set to further the story of the Wakandan world, with many of the old faces reprising their characters in the upcoming movie. Although always suspected, there had been no official confirmation that Winston Duke would reprise his role as M’Baku in the new film. But, now in a piece of good news for fans, we can formally announce the return of the star.
While promoting his indie drama Nine Days on Collider, Duke officially confirmed the return of M’Baku in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. He also expressed how very emotional it was to read the script, especially to go back to the set. “But we’re all a bit of a family now and we grieve together, and we are making something really special,” added Duke. However, he refrained from divulging any information of how the sequel plans to address the absence of T’Challa, due to the untimely death of Chadwick Boseman.
Black Panther was a blockbuster hit, grossing more than $1.3 billion worldwide, becoming the first superhero film to ever earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. The sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever would be a tribute to the legacy of Boseman, who was loved by millions of people across the globe, and we are sure that Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will handle it with great sensitivity.
Writer-director Coogler is currently filming the second instalment in Atlanta, and it is quite an emotional shoot, given the unfortunate passing of original Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman last year in August.
Some of the other prominent faces that would be returning for the movie are Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Martin Freeman as Everett Ross and Angela Bassett as Ramonda. Daniel Gurira has also confirmed that she would be reprising her character of Okoye not only for Black Panther 2, but also for the upcoming Black Panther spinoff series on Disney+. It is also rumored that Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta is joining the ensemble as Namor the Sub-mariner, and his antics may not be so good for the Wakandans in the upcoming film.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to hit the theaters on July 8, 2022, and we can expect nothing less but a roller-coaster of emotions to come our way.