Marvel's Shang-Chi 2 and Black Panther's Disney+ Spin-off Receive Production Updates

By Richard Nebens Updated:
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Marvel Studios is busier than ever going into Phase 4 with six 2021 releases already pushed; about 20 more projects are confirmed for the next couple of years, and rumors point to bigger additions on the way.

2023 specifically is looking to be one of the MCU's biggest release years after the recent schedule change from Disney with theatrical debuts for The Marvels, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania. Additional rumors are pointing to highly anticipated outings like Fantastic Four and Nova starting production that year, which is far from the end of the news stream.

Recently, a new rumor confirmed that Marvel Studios will begin production on the movie adaptation of Thunderbolts in 2023, bringing some of the MCU's biggest villains together for their own unique team-up.

Additionally, that same report teased more of what to expect once that year arrives in the filming department.

MCU Sequels Galore in 2023

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Geeks WorldWide revealed that 2023 will host production start dates for more Marvel Studios entries.

Both the sequel to 2021's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and the rumored Okoye project, said to be a Black Panther: Wakanda Forever spin-off, will start shooting that year. Additionally, another secret project will reportedly begin production that year, although there are no details on this one yet.

Black Panther & Shang-Chi In for Disney+ Additions

Even for a year that only boasts three confirmed releases at the moment, it's abundantly clear that the MCU is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings exceeded all expectations during its theatrical release, becoming the highest-grossing Labor Day weekend release ever and thrilling fans worldwide. With its success, a sequel seemed inevitable once all the puzzle pieces came together, and there are also rumors pointing to a Xialing spin-off Disney+ series to follow up on the character's post-credits scene.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has also been spoken of as a milestone event within the MCU thanks to rumors of multiple new entries spinning off after its release in November 2022.

Danai Gurira's Okoye is confirmed to star in her own streaming outing after what will be five MCU movies to date once she appears in the Black Panther sequel. Additionally, director Ryan Coogler is reportedly developing a series centered around the Wakandan kingdom as a whole, and that could be far from the end of the African nation's presence on Disney+ as well.

With details still up in the air on other outings, fans will have their eyes peeled for any information possible during 2023 with rumors now pointing to at least five MCU projects filming that year. Considering there are still two months remaining in 2021 and all twelve months of 2022 as well, that number should rise significantly as the MCU continues its impressive run.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will begin streaming on Disney+ on November 12. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently filming and will release in theaters on November 11, 2022.

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- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.