The people of Wakanda, still reeling from the death of their king T’Challa, face a new threat from a feathered serpent god in the new trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It is the final film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Fourth Phase, although technically, Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Slated for a December release on Disney+, will be the official conclusion.
As we pointed out earlier, wakanda forever was already in development when Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa in 2018 Black Panther—died of colon cancer in August 2020. Director Ryan Coogler, Marvel’s Kevin Feige and many others were unaware that Boseman was even ill. They decided not to recast T’Challa or try to insert the character using visual effects, even though most of the other main cast members remained. The finished film is therefore in many ways a tribute to Boseman.
There are many familiar faces in it wakanda forever. According to the official premise, “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 the world powers that intervene 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. .
Among the new faces is Namor (Tenoch Huerta), the king of a tribe that lives underwater in a world called Talokan (previously believed by many to be Atlantis). The film will also introduce a new Black Panther – possibly Shuri, who takes up the mantle in the comics, though that hasn’t been confirmed – as well as Riri Williams, aka Ironheart (Dominique Thorne), a teenage tech genius who is a protege of Tony Stark in the comics. (Thorne will also voice Riri in the future heart of iron series on Disney+.) Isaach de Bankolé, Dorothy Steel, and Danny Sapani reprise their roles as elders of the Wakandan River Tribe, Merchant Tribe, and Border Tribe, respectively, while Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli will play Namor’s cousin, Namora, and Talocan warrior Attuma.
The first dark and elegiac teaser for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuted at Comic-Con in July; we thought it really reflected the grief and sense of loss over T’Challa’s (and Chadwick Boseman’s) death. And just last month, D23 Expo attendees were treated to new footage showing the wider impact, especially the political implications.
By the exit of Black Panther, T’Challa revealed the true nature of Wakanda and its vast vibranium resources to the representatives gathered at the United Nations. The footage opened with Queen Ramonda facing an angry UN in defense of hiding Wakanda’s resources. This was intercut with scenes of soldiers invading a vibranium plant; they were foiled by Okoye and a number of Dora Milaje. The rest of the footage was by Talokan and Namor, who feared that T’Challa’s big reveal had put his own country in danger.
The new trailer opens with T’Challa’s funeral, intercut with scenes from Talokan and accompanied by a brief voiceover from Namor: “Only the most broken people can be good leaders.” And we learn from the M’Baku – whose hill tribe is no longer isolated from the rest of Wakanda – that Namor is not only seen as a general or king by his people: “They call him K’uk’ulkan , the feathered serpent god . Killing him risks eternal war. However, believing that wakanda lost its protector with the death of T’Challa, it seems that Namor is now gunning for control of the surface world.
This likely means war with Wakanda, and we’ll definitely have plenty of action on that. There are several shots of Namor flying through the sky, thanks to his winged ankles, and Wakanda marshaling its considerable resources in response to the impending threat. We see Riri working on her Ironheart costume and flying (“Let’s go!”). The trailer ends with a tantalizing image of the new Black Panther with a distinctly feminine silhouette.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11, 2022.
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