As T’Challa memorably said in 2018’s BLACK PANTHER, “Death is not the end. It’s more of a starting point. Remembering the late Chadwick Boseman, that line now means more not just to us, but to the people of Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER. In Marvel’s next big-screen project, we’ll see what happens to the African kingdom as it grapples with life without its king. And when the sequel premiered at San Diego Comic-Con, it’s clear Ryan Coogler’s film is going to be touching, yet incredibly epic.
On Saturday, July 23, Marvel Studios wrapped up the SDCC Hall H presentation with a jaw-dropping panel filled with announcements, guest appearances, and exclusive footage. But, it was WAKANDA FOREVER that really rocked the house with its heart as a live musical performance by the voices behind the BLACK PANTHER soundtrack featured Ryan Coogler and the cast and they premiered the film for the first time, ahead of its upcoming release at AMC Theaters on November 11.
Honoring T’Challa’s Legacy
How does Black Panther go on without its hero? That’s the question the public has been asking for some time. When Ryan Coogler spoke to Marvel’s biggest fans about the film, he was quick to share a memory of the last time he was at the SDCC five years prior with T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman, who was so excited to see footage that he squeezed his shoulder during the presentation so hard he could feel himself for hours afterwards.
“Standing here with you…I promise you, I feel his hand on me right now.” Chad is no longer with us physically, but his spirit, his passion, his genius, his pride in his culture and the impact he had on this industry will be felt forever. We put our love for Chadwick into this film, but we also put our passion, this film has a ton of action and humor. It’s also the roller coaster of a movie. He’s going to new places in Wakanda that we’ve never visited before, but other corners of the MCU.
WAKANDA FOREVER’s first trailer, which premiered during the SDCC presentation, tugs at the heartstrings as Angela Bassett’s Ramonda emotionally delivers that she is the queen of the world’s most powerful nation, and yet she lost her entire family, as a T’Challa mural flashes across the screen. We’ve anticipated how the film will honor its legacy and move forward to tell a new story, and the footage shows there’s definitely plenty more to tell.
The New Blood of Wakanda
Alongside Ryan Coogler, the film’s cast took the stage with returning cast members Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba and Winston Duke present alongside new blood. Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena, Alex Livinalli as well as Dominique Thorne (playing Ironheart) and Tenoch Huerta (set to play Namor the Submariner) also took the stage to tease the expansion of the BLACK PANTHER franchise with WAKANDA FOREVER.
“I think we all know that the impact Black Panther has had on the world is indelible, it’s indescribable, it’s physical, emotional, mental and above all spiritual,” said Thorne, who will play a character with powers. similar to Iron Man. “So to be a part of this return to the screen and shine a light on these great stories from this much-needed perspective is a blessing.”
Between the introduction of Ironheart and the submarine, which is the mutant son of a human captain and a princess of Atlantis, it looks like we’ll be introduced to the world of Atlantis and its people. There are plenty of jaw-dropping footage of the Atlantean people underwater that seems to show that Namor will be a major new character in WAKANDA FOREVER and we’re excited to dive into that world.
The final of phase 4
As previewed during the Marvel Studios panel in Hall H, WAKANDA FOREVER will officially be the final Phase 4 film in the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe film series. During this phase, we learned about Natasha Romanoff’s origins with BLACK WIDOW, met new heroes in SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS and ETERNALS, and met some favorites in SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS and THOR: LOVE AND MOWING.
The next Black Panther movie is part of the new title “The Multiverse Saga,” which begins with Phase 4 and continues through Phase 6. As announced at the panel, Phase 6 will end in 2025 with two more Avengers movies. : AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY and AVENGERS: SECRET WARS. Now that we know that bigger team-up movies are on the horizon, we’re even more excited than ever to see WAKANDA FOREVER complete the first of three multiverse-centric movie phases.
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER