Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has been revealed as the longest non-Avenger film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to new listings in US theaters, the upcoming Black Panther sequel will clock in at 2 hours and 41 minutes, making it the longest Phase 4 film. Ryan Coogler returns to write and direct Black Panther 2 while honoring the legacy of star Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer in 2020. Black Panther Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to open in theaters worldwide on November 11 .
2019’s Avengers: Endgame holds the record for the fastest runtime in the MCU, clocking in at 3 hours and 2 minutes. Until now, it was followed in second place by Chloe Zhao’s Eternals, which ran 2 hours and 37 minutes. However, Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever seems to have topped the epic by another four minutes. By comparison, the first Black Panther film – released in 2018 – ran 2 hours and 14 minutes, making the sequel about 27 minutes longer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has confirmed said running time.
That said, Black Panther 2 won’t be the longest superhero movie to hit theaters in 2022. The record is currently held by rival DC Comics’ The Batman — released in March — which clocked in at 2 hours and 56 minutes. Not to mention, the overall record holder would be 2021’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League — released on HBO Max and video-on-demand in India — clocking in at 4 hours and 2 minutes.
Details regarding Black Panther sequel is few, but it delves deeper into the world of Wakanda and its cultural and character aspects that were introduced in the 2018 film. Marvel Studios unveiled a trailer at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year that teased a new Black Panther incarnation, Dominique Thorne as Ironheart and new antagonist Namor. Speaking to Empire earlier this week, actor Tenoch Huerta confirmed that his Sub-Mariner character will retain his mutant ancestry.
This is a big step forward for the MCU, which is planning an eventual X-Men reboot. Also, Ryan Reynolds confirmed in a tweet that Hugh Jackman would return as Wolverine in the upcoming Deadpool 3. The film is set to open in theaters in September 2024.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters November 11. In India, the Black Panther sequel will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.