There is cause for celebration in Wakanda with word that writer-director Ryan Coogler is officially returning to make a sequel to Black Panther.

It was as close to a foregone conclusion as it gets, but now the deal is done and Coogler, who is also known for Creed and Fruitvale Station, is expected to have a script finished and ready to begin shooting in late 2019, or possibly early 2020, sources confirmed to EW.

The contract was actually completed a while ago, though Coogler took some extra time to negotiate the terms with Marvel Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news.

Parent company Disney has many untitled Marvel movies on its upcoming release slate, but it’s unclear exactly when the Black Panther sequel would be slotted. The only Marvel projects that have been officially announced are the Avengers: Infinity War sequel set for May and Spider-Man: Far From Home, which will be released in July.

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Director Ryan Coogler on set with Chadwick Boseman
Credit: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios

Black Panther ranks as the No. 3 highest-grossing Marvel Studios movie, with $1.3 billion in global box office. It’s behind only the original Avengers, at No. 2 with $1.5 billion, and Infinity War (which features Black Panther in a key role), at No. 1 with $2 billion.

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Black Panther
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the 2018 superhero film is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the king who rules over the Afrofuturist paradise of Wakanda.
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