As T’Challa memorably said in 2018’s BLACK PANTHER, “Death is not the end. It’s more of a stepping off point.” When remembering the late Chadwick Boseman, that line means more, now not only 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 they grapple with life without its king. And when the sequel was introduced at San Diego Comic-Con, it’s clear Ryan Coogler’s movie is going to be affecting, yet incredibly epic.
On Saturday, July 23, Marvel Studios concluded Hall H’s SDCC presentation with a mindblowing panel packed with announcements, cast appearances and exclusive footage. But, it was WAKANDA FOREVER that really brought the house down with its heart as a live musical performance by the voices behind BLACK PANTHER’s soundtrack introduced Ryan Coogler and the cast and they presented the movie for the first time, ahead of its coming release to AMC Theatres on November 11th.
Honoring The Legacy Of T’Challa
How does Black Panther go on without its hero? This is the question audiences have been raising for some time. When Ryan Coogler spoke of the film to Marvel’s biggest fans, he was quick to share a memory of the last time he was at 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 for hours after.
“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 for his culture and the impact he made 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 a rollercoaster of a movie. It goes to new places in Wakanda that we’ve never been before but other corners of the MCU.”
The first trailer for WAKANDA FOREVER, which premiered during the SDCC presentation, tugs on heartstrings as Angela Bassett’s Ramonda emotionally delivers that she’s the Queen of the most powerful nation in the world, and yet she’s lost her entire family, as a mural of T’Challa flashes on the screen. We’ve been anticipating how the movie will honor his legacy and move forward to tell a fresh story, and the footage shows there’s certainly much more to tell.
Wakanda’s New Blood
Alongside Ryan Coogler, the movie’s cast took the stage with returning cast members Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba and Winston Duke in attendance alongside some new blood. Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena, Alex Livinalli along with 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 that Black Panther had on the world is indelible, it’s indescribable, it’s physical, emotional, mental and most of all spiritual,” said Thorne, who will play a character with powers likened to Iron Man. “So to be a part of it returning to the screen and highlighting these beautiful stories from this very necessary perspective, it’s a blessing.”
Between the introduction of Ironheart and the Sub-Mariner, who is the mutant son of a human sea captain and a princess of Atlantis, it looks like we’ll be introduced to the world of Atlantis and their people. There’s numerous breathtaking sequences of the Atlantean people underwater that seems to show that Namor will be a major new character in WAKANDA FOREVER and we’re thrilled to dive into this world.
The Finale Of Phase 4
As presented at the Marvel Studios panel at Hall H, WAKANDA FOREVER will officially be the final film in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ongoing series of films. During this phase, we’ve learned about Natasha Romanoff’s origins with BLACK WIDOW, met some new heroes in SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS and ETERNALS and caught up with some favorites in SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS and THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER.
The coming Black Panther film is part of the newly titled “The Multiverse Saga,” which starts with Phase 4 and continues through to Phase 6. As announced during the panel, Phase 6 will cap off in 2025 with two more Avengers films: AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY and AVENGERS: SECRET WARS. Now that we know larger team-up films are on the horizon, we’re even more excited than ever to see WAKANDA FOREVER cap off the first of three phases of movies centered on the Multiverse.