“Black Panther 2” was left out of Marvel Studios’ July announcement of upcoming release dates, but it looks like they were just holding the news for D23 Expo. Marvel revealed that T’Challa and Shuri will return in 2022.

The official release date for “Black Panther 2” is May 6, 2022. Ryan Coogler, who was present at D23, will return to direct. The cast has not been confirmed, but Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther/T’Challa), Danai Gurira (Okoye) and Letitia Wright (Shuri) are expected to be among the returning stars.

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed that Coogler has completed a treatment for the film, which will get a new title at a later date. The movie includes a new villain as well, Variety reports.

A sequel to the 2018 hit was pretty much a no-brainer for Marvel. After all, “Black Panther” broke box office records, received tons of critical acclaim and won the studio three Oscars.

The project was first officially confirmed last month at San Diego Comic-Con. Feige listed it along with “Captain Marvel 2,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and “Blade” as movies that are on the way but didn’t share any further details. Feige has said that those aren’t a part of Phase 4, which currently ends with “Thor: Love and Thunder” in November 2021, so “Black Panther 2” might be considered the first Phase 5 movie.

At D23 Expo, which is Disney’s biannual fan convention in Anaheim, California, Marvel Studios added quite a few projects to their roster. While “Black Panther 2” is headed for the big screen, other new heroes will launch on Disney+ before heading to cinemas. “Ms. Marvel,” “She-Hulk” and “Moon Knight” were all announced as new series for the streaming platform.

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"Black Panther 2" will hit theaters in 2022. Marvel Studios