It has been four years since Black Panther came out, and the long-awaited sequel is finally coming out on November 11! The official trailer has been released, featuring many returning heroes from the first movie, as well as some new faces.
After Chadwick Boseman’s untimely death in 2020, Marvel announced that they would not recast T’Challa, and the movie pays tribute to his death. The cast even visited his grave before the cameras rolled, showing just how much of a family the cast really are and how much this film is as much a part of their healing and grieving process.
In the new trailer, following the release of the teaser trailer at SDCC, we see more footage of T’Challa’s funeral, as well as a grieving Ramonda, Shuri, Nakia and Okoye, T’Challa’s mother, younger sister, loyal friend and lover. However, juxtaposing their grief and loss, we see some new characters, including Namor, who has been announced as a mutant!
This follows the reveal that Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel is a mutant, the appearance of Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the new reveal that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will return in Deadpool 3. In addition, that movie will be part of the MCU, overlapping with the Fox X-Men movies!
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a story of grief, and Boseman’s death heavily impacted the plot and the filmmaking process. But it’s also a story of happiness, introducing new heroes and celebrating the world of Wakanda. Black Panther was the story of T’Challa, and its sequel is the story of the nation he loved and fought to defend.
The loss of T’Challa also means that a new hero will take up the mantle of the Black Panther, just as T’Challa gained the title and became king after the trial by combat against M’Baku in the first movie. The new trailer teases the first proper look at the new Black Panther, which appears to be worn by a woman.
There are many contenders for this position: Shuri, T’Challa’s sister; Okoye, the General of the Dora Milaje and T’Challa’s loyal friend; and Nakia, T’Challa’s lover and member of the War Dogs. However, in the comics, Shuri took up the mantle after her brother gets injured, so she is the most likely choice. On the other hand, Marvel is well-known for switching things from the comics, such as when they changed Ms. Marvel from being an Inhuman to being a mutant.
In addition to the old characters, there are many new ones, including Namor, who introduces the underwater kingdom of Talocan, newly created for the film and inspired by ancient Mayan culture. Additionally, Dominique Thorne will appear as American inventor Riri Williams aka Ironheart, who is a genius, much like Shuri.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will have a run time of 2 hours and 41 minutes, making it one of the longest Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to date. As the first movie is the highest ranking MCU project to date, has won three Academy Awards, and is a tribute to the fallen hero, Chadwick Boseman, the movie has a lot to live up to. However, it promises to do just that, with both trailers promising an emotional and impactful journey.