Big news! Production on the highly anticipated Black Panther sequel, dubbed Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, has officially begun in Atlanta. Variety reports that Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige said that production began earlier today at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ahead of tonight’s Black Widow Global Fan Event, this is what Feige says:
“It’s clearly very emotional without Chad. But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”
Director Ryan Coogler previously opened up about his choice to return to the Peach state to film the sequel after political pressure from progressives who wanted to enact a boycott after the state passed a controversial voting rights bill. In a statement released at the time he confirmed they would still shoot in Georgia and would be using some of their time their to help communities negatively impacted by the legislation.
Regarding this issue Coogler said: “Our film is staying in Georgia,” Coogler wrote. “Additionally, I have made a personal commitment to raise awareness about ways to help overturn this harmful bill, and continue to get educated on this matter from people on the ground. I will encourage everyone working with me to tap in with the local community directly affected by Senate Bill 202 and to leverage their influence and resources to aid in the fight for this particular and essential pillar of democracy.”