Black Panther is one of the most iconic live-action superhero films. After the passing of Chadwick Boseman, the mantle was handed over to Letitia Wright’s Shuri for the sequel. The second installment Black Panther: Wakanda Forever received critical praise and was commercially successful. Moreover, with the popularity of the character, a third film in the franchise seems inevitable.
A new report suggests that a third film is in the works and will see Letitia Wright’s Shuri / Black Panther face-off against Marvel’s most cunning comic book villains. Rumors indicate that the third film will introduce Dr. Doom to the MCU, leading to a massive war between Shuri and the Monarch of Latveria. Here is everything you need to know about the latest round of rumors regarding Black Panther 3.
Black Panther 3 Rumors Hint at Shuri vs Doctor Doom Showdown
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was released in November 2022 and faced the difficult challenge of replacing Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa / Black Panther. However, the film emerged as a commercial success with Letitia Wright’s Shuri taking over the mantle. Since the sequel’s release, rumors of a third film have been circulating.
Wright herself stated that a third film was in the works, but would take some time to materialize. Meanwhile, a new report from MCU News and Updates on X has shed light on the plans for the hit franchise’s third installment. The report suggests that Wright’s Shuri will be the Black Panther for the third installment while Dr. Victor Von Doom, aka Doctor Doom, will serve as the primary antagonist.
It also states that Shuri and Doctor Doom will come to blows with each other as a war emerges between Wakanda and the US over the natural resources of the African nation, particularly Vibranium. The report also cites Shuri and Doctor Doom’s comic book history, which saw them fight during the Doom Wars event in the comics, as an inspiration for Black Panther 3.
Cillian Murphy’s Doctor Doom Could Make His MCU Debut in Black Panther 3
The report from MCU News and Updates states that Marvel plans to introduce Doctor Doom sooner rather than later. The character was heavily rumored to be seen as the replacement of Kang the Conqueror after actor Jonathan Majors was fired by the studio.
Meanwhile, actor Cillian Murphy has been a popular fan-casting for the role of Doctor Doom and was rumored to be the studio’s top choice for the role. While the new report does not confirm whether Murphy is in talks to star in Black Panther 3, it used a fan poster of the actor as Doctor Doom, which you can check out above.
Other fans have also shared stunning fan-made edits of Murphy as Doctor Doom, proving he would be an ideal fit for the iconic villain. MCU News and Updates also stated that the character will most likely be introduced in Black Panther 3 if not in Fantastic Four. In the past, it was rumored that there were preliminary plans for Doctor Doom to appear in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Lake Bell’s Dr. Graham was rumored to be a character linked to Doctor Doom. Hence, there is chance that Doctor Doom is the villain for Black Panther 3.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is streaming on Disney+.