After Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther took the SAG Awards’ Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture trophy Sunday, they hit backstage at the Shrine Auditorium and were asked about the sequel to the $1.35 billion mega-hit.
The questions, which came after star Chadwick Boseman said onstage during his heartfelt acceptance speech “that you can’t have a Black Panther without a ‘2’,” included whether any of them had doubts about participating in the announced sequel.
After all, said the person who asked the question, there’s The Godfather Part II, and then there’s Grease 2.
“No” was the resounding answer, with Michael B. Jordan saying everyone was looking forward to building on the legacy of the first movie. “It was a tremendous accomplishment…I think if there was an opportunity, I think we’d all be excited,” he said.
Disney confirmed in October that Coogler was in for Black Panther 2; Marvel usually signs its key cast to deals involving multiple movies because of the scope of its cinematic universe. Boseman starred in the first pic along with Jordan, Brown, Lupita Nyong’o, Latitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke and Forest Whitaker.
The film opened February 16, 2018 and has been a cultural phenomenon, grossing $242.1 million over that President’s Day weekend.
Also backstage tonight, Boseman took the opportunity to veer away from sequels to heap praise on the designers, costumers and craftspeople who created Black Panther’s fantasy world of Wakanda. ‘”I would say I don’t think people truly understand the amount of detail, the amount of mastery that went into the hair and makeup, wardrobe, set design,” he said.
He added that pulling from the diaspora of African culture to weave the fabric of a new world was more difficult that simply re-creating a real period in history. “A lot of these things were built,” he said. “It’s not just special effects.”
The movie is up for seven Oscars this year led by Best Picture, and scored several craft noms including Production Design, Costume Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.