A new report gives some more concrete details about Marvel Studios upcoming production slate, indicating that Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler, will begin filming in Atlanta on January 15th of next year. The film, which will go by the production name of “Motherland” has put together an incredibly talented cast and, according to the report, will pick up where Captain America: Civil War left off, following T’Challa “the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda and must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside country.”
If that synopsis is accurate, it lines up nicely with previous speculation about the film which can be found here in Marvel’s Road Map to Infinity War. Many classic Black Panther arcs in the comics have followed a similar path and this could make for one of Marvel Studios’ most action-packed films to date! A film where T’Challa must deal with threats like M’Baku and Erik Killmonger in-house while being attacked by someone like General Ross’ Thunderbolts could be the type of grounded film that Marvel needs to put out directly before something so Cosmic in scale like Avengers: Infinity War. With filming underway soon, we’ll know much more about who the “outside” threat might be before long! This report also helps narrow in a time frame for the beginning of production on Avengers: Infinity War. The film is, as far as we know, expected to film in Atlanta and around the world beginning in January. It’s reasonable to assume that the cast and crew for that film can expect to report to location around the same time, given the holidays taking place before hand. Expect news on both fronts before long!