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11/1/2019 • 4 min read
No one ever doubted that Marvel's BLACK PANTHER would do well, especially after Chadwick Boseman's first turn at the title character in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Still, the movie's runaway success when it came to theatres in late January 2018 was unprecedented. BLACK PANTHER was a smash hit by any standard, and a sequel was all but guaranteed. The sequel announcement had to wait until after AVENGERS: ENDGAME, however.
BLACK PANTHER 2 was eventually titled BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, but despite a release set for late this fall, we still know relatively little about it. The death of original star Chadwick Boseman, and the pandemic that followed, have turned the production of WAKANDA FOREVER into a difficult proposition. Stil, the movie has been filmed and will be out in a few months — so here's everything we know about Marvel's sequel to the studio's blockbuster hit.
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER will be released exclusively in movie theatres on November 11, 2022. It will be the third Marvel movie of the year, following the sequels featuring Doctor Strange and Thor.
We've been waiting for the WAKANDA FOREVER trailer for, well… we're not going to say it. But this footage, despite being light on actual Black Panther appearances, does not disappoint.
That's a big question and, right now, we don't know! That's refreshing in a way, since the plots of other recent Marvel movies have leaked in great detail far in advance. But right now there's not even an official capsule summary of the movie's story.
Marvel has only said that the movie "will continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film." There are many rumors, however, and we'll get to a few of those shortly, in a spoiler-free way.
Soon after the death of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel's Kevin Feige insisted that the studio had no plans to recast his character, T'Challa. As far as we know, Marvel has made good on that promise.
At this point we don't know! Rumors have persisted for years that Killmonger will appear in BLACK PANTHER 2. Even the most recent rumors about the movie's story say he will be seen again. Marvel has said nothing official at this point.
Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, was one of the most popular characters in the original BLACK PANTHER. We knew she would return, and after the death of Chadwick Boseman the character was a natural choice to take on the title of Black Panther.
Does that actually happen? At this point we don't know — but it's still the most likely outcome, at least for the duration of this sequel. The trailer suggests as much. Whether Shuri or anyone will be Black Panther going forward past WAKANDA FOREVER remains to be seen.
Let's start with the known quantities. As mentioned, Letitia Wright returns as Shuri. Lupita Nyong'o is back as Nakia, and Danai Gurira returns as Okoye. (She would also make a great Black Panther!) Martin Freeman plays Everett K. Ross once again, and Winston Duke reprises the role of M'Baku. Angela Bassett, Florence Kasumba, Isaach de Bankolé, Dorothy Steel, and Danny Sapani are also reportedly returning as well.
Additionally, Dominique Thorne makes her debut as Riri Williams, the young inventor who creates a suit of armor to rival the work of Tony Stark. Ultimately, she's known as Ironheart. Tenoch Huerta also has an undisclosed villain role, and rumors say that Lake Bell is in the cast, too.
We also know that Daniel Kaluuya will not return. The actor cited conflicts with the schedule for NOPE as the reason that he couldn't appear in BLACK PANTHER 2.
Yes, he does. The actor appears as one of Marvel's earliest characters, Namor.
Namor, also known as the Sub-Mariner, is an Aquaman-like anti-hero and occasional villain who is key to the Fantastic Four storyline and has been a major player in Marvel stories overall. With Marvel's plans to create a Fantastic Four movie, we've expected that Namor would show up on the big screen, and now WAKANDA FOREVER is his debut vehicle.
In fact, in AVENGERS: ENDGAME, Okoye mentions reports of earthquakes off the coast of Wakanda. That was an early hint that Namor is making waves. Because the character is one of Marvel's oldest, the rights to Namor are more complicated than most. So we're happy to see that the business side was sorted out so that Namor can make trouble for everyone on the big screen.
All images courtesy of Marvel Studios.
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