Late Chadwick Boseman has left the world in tragedy, and nothing could really fill the void he left behind. His absence has left a hole in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and nothing has been the same, but the show must go on, and there will be a sequel to Black Panther which will be known as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The movie has huge expectations from many audiences, and the show will expand the world of Wakanda and give a tribute to Chadwick Boseman. Ryan Coogler is the movie director, and Joe Robert Cole is said to be the screenplay’s co-writer. This will provide a new view to the audience to explore the world of Wakanda.
When the first Black Panther got released, it gave various views of the world of Wakanda, and many changes impacted the series negatively, so we can be sure that the new Wakanda will be different from the first one.
We sure are excited to see the movie in the theaters! Let’s take a look at everything we know about the movie!
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s Release Date
The movie was set to be released on May 6, 2022, but it later got rescheduled. It was then set to be released on July 8, 2022, but that didn’t happen either. The ultimate release date (finally) of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be on November 11, 2022.
After the sudden death of Chadwick Boseman, there were many things that the studio had to rework. It took them much longer than they had imagined, ultimately delaying their work. But the final announcement was released, and the movie’s world premiere will be at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on October 26, 2022.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s Cast Members
Let’s take a look at the list of members that are expected to play a role in the upcoming movie:
- Letitia Wright as Shuri
- Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia
- Danai Gurira as Okoye
- Winston Duke as M’Baku
- Dominique Thorne as Ironheart/Riri Williams
- Michaela Coel as Aneka
- Tenoch Huerta as Namor
- Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross
- Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda
- Mabel Cadena as Namora
- Alex Livinalli as Attuma
- Isaach de Bankolé as Wakandan River Tribe elder
- Dorothy Steel as Wakandan Merchant Tribe elder
- Danny Sapani as Wakandan Border Tribe elder
Boseman has left a huge mark on the Marvel Universe, and as we’ve already said, he just can’t be replaced.
Marvel has confirmed that there will not be any scenes of Boseman in the upcoming movie, and he will also not be featured using CGI or any other technologies. Let’s take a look at the words of Kevin Feige, the producer.
Kevin told Deadline in an interview about Boseman and his role: “So much of the comics and that first movie is the world of Wakanda. Wakanda is a place to explore further with characters and different subcultures. This was always and initially the primary focus of the next story.”
“We’re not going to have a CG Chadwick, and we’re not re-casting T’Challa. Ryan Coogler is working very hard right now on the script with all the respect and love and genius that he has, which gives us great solace, so it was always about furthering the mythology and the inspiration of Wakanda.”
Lupita Nyong’o will play the role of T’Challa’s love interest. She will be a member of the River Tribe, in charge of Wakanda’s new humanitarian program.
Another famous character from Black Panther, Danai Gurira, will play the role of Okoye. He will be a member of T’Challa’s honor guard and a member of Wakanda’s special forces unit. He will be the head of the Dora Milaje.
Florence Kasumba will be playing the role of Ayo, a fierce warrior who made her first appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Martin Freeman will play the CIA agent Everett K. Ross’s role.
Daniel Kaluuya, one of the stars of Hollywood will not be playing the role of W’Kabi. W’Kabi was the lover of Okoye and the best friend of T’Challa. We’ll be missing an iconic character in the upcoming movie.
What will be the plot of Black Panther Wakanda Forever
Let’s look at what Coogler, the co-writer, and director, has to say about the production!
“Ramonda realizes that it’s been a year since T’Challa’s passing and Shuri’s still not healing — she’s not taking steps to move forward in a healthy way,” She continues, “They take a retreat — stepping away from the city, from the technology — to sit with no distractions and perform what is essentially a grief ritual. That’s when Namor shows up.”
Let’s take a look at what the official synopsis for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever reads as: “In Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.
“As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.
“Introducing Tenoch Huerta as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena, and Alex Livanalli.”
Marvel has always been quick with its stories. It’s a standard practice in the Marvel Universe that they give detailed updates and stories about their upcoming movie. T’Challa, the iconic character will not take part in the movie this time after the official decision was made to not re-cast the role. the plot will stay focused on the new members that will take part in the movie this time.
“Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally. His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past. And it’s for that reason that we will not re-cast the character.” said Feige.
And just like it was in the comics, Letitia Wright’s Shuri can take on her brother’s royal mantle, there are also many possibilities of seeing her as Wakanda’s defender. Let’s take a look at what Wright has to say about the death of Boseman.
In her recent interview with PORTER, she expressed her role in the movie as strange: “We’re just grieving at the moment, so it’s trying to find the light in the midst of it. In fact, this is something producers are grappling with too.”
“I think we’re going to see the movie in two lenses, pure entertainment but also cathartic,” producer Nate Moore told ComicBook’s Phase Zero podcast. He continues: “I think this movie has different sort of pressure on it, obviously, with the loss of Chadwick, which was unexpected and unprecedented in a way narratively, to figure out how to deal with”.
Who is the new Black Panther?
When we look at the trailer of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, we can see a female in the iconic suit. The actor who will play this iconic role has not been revealed yet but the most suitable actor for this role can be Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, or Lupita Nyong’o.
WAIT! Before you start to assume and decide, nothing has been confirmed yet and there can be some twists and turns like Marvel loves to do. The final reveal will be on the time when it will be officially released in the theaters.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer
To this date, there have been two trailers released. And the latest trailer was publicized on October 3 2022. In the latest trailer, we could see the country bring in the threat of Namor and Atlantis forces. We could see the Wakanda in absence of T’Challa but we could also see the appearance of the new Black Panther.
Many fans believe that the new Black Panther is Shuri after researching the design. We could see her face prints being in the mask but, nothing is confirmed yet, so it is still a mystery to the fans.
The trailer also gave a glimpse of Queen Ramonda when she arrives at the UN and finds out about the Vibranium and how dangerous it can be. She stated that the UN is liars and said: “You perform civility here but we know what you whisper in your halls of leadership and in your military facilities. The King is dead. The Black Panther is gone. They have lost the protector.”
The first trailer of the movie was released way back in San Diego Comic-Con 2022 during Marvel Studio’s epic panel. The trailer has a cover of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ No Woman, No Cry, sung by Tems which is then remixed by Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”.
The trailer is epic as it shows the emotional moment of Wakanda when they lost Kind T’Challa. the trailer shows the visuals where Wakanda mourns his death and in the final moments, the trailer ends by teasing that one of the women will lead Wakanda by wearing the iconic Black Panther suit.