‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’: Cast, Plot, Release Date

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe gathers the tribes of Wakanda and prepares to introduce a whole new version of the country’s savior in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

As a follow-up to 2018 Black pantherRyan Coogler is back in the director’s chair with the fan-favorite cartoon character following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman.

While we know someone else is coming up with the iconic suit, the first trailer proved that the memory of the OG Black Panther still roars loudly. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever also has the honor of rounding out Phase 4 of the MCU before we enter Phase 5’s selection of Blade, Thunderboltsand more.

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If you’re ready to practice your best Wakandan salute, here it is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever cast, story, release date and more.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever cast

Letitia Wright as Shuri in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.  Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.  © 2022 MARVEL.

Letitia Wright as Shuri in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Marvel Studios)

Despite Boseman’s passing, it left a hole in the Wakanda forever the cast is thankfully a mix of old and new faces to honor his legacy.

First and foremost, Letitia Wright will once again play Shuri: T’Challa’s inventive sister who created his older brother’s suit in the first film. Shuri is ready to take a more prominent role as MVP for Wakanda foreverand maybe be the next Black Panther.

Keeping the family ties, Angela Bassett also returns as Queen Ramonda, widow of King T’Chaka and current ruler of Wakanda.

Angela Bassett as Ramonda in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.  Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.  © 2022 MARVEL.

Angela Bassett as Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Marvel Studios)

There’s also more from Lupita Nyong’O’s Nakia, who was T’Challa’s love interest in the first film. Even if Nakia’s comic book counterpart takes the villainous mantle of Malice, she will likely remain a hero in the MCU.

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Danai Gurira also returns as the fearsome Okoye to lead the female Dora Milaje warriors. Martin Freeman reprises his role as CIA agent Everett Ross, and Winston Duke will once again play M’Baku, the leader of the Jabari tribe.

Lupita Nyong'O as Nakia in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.  Image courtesy of Marvel Studios.  © 2022 MARVEL.

Lupita Nyong’O as Nakia in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Marvel Studios)

As for newcomers, there’s the much-hyped arrival of Tenoch Huerta as Namor. Dubbed Marvel’s first mutant, Namor the Sub-Mariner predates Marvel Comics alongside the original Human Torch and Captain America as one of Timely Comics’ ‘big three’.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Namor with an Easter egg in the 2010s Iron Man 2 apparently referring to Namor’s homeland of Atlantis.

Tenoch Huerta as Namor in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.  Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.  © 2022 MARVEL.

Tenoch Huerta as Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Marvel Studios)

Namor’s bond with Black Panther was confirmed in Avengers: Endgame when Okoye was referring to dealing with a series of deep-sea earthquakes off the coast of Africa. Writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus confirmed that it was a tease of Namor, who looks set to be the big bad of Wakanda forever.

Finally, there’s the debut of Dominique Thorn’s Riri Williams. In a fleeting glimpse of the character, we see her honoring her legacy as the next Iron Man by creating her own suit. It’s a subtle throwback to Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark who did the same in 2008 Iron man.

Could the Iron brand live on outside of Tony Stark?  (Disney/Marvel Comics)

Could the Iron brand live on outside of Tony Stark? (Disney/Marvel Comics)

Ironheart will be getting their own Disney+ show in the near future.

Michaela Coel is also coming to the MCU as Aneka, the woman who trained the Dora Milaje and could lead the vigilante team known as the Midnight Angels.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever history

(L-R): Dorothy Steel as Merchant Tribe Elder, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Danai Gurira as Okoye in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.  Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.  © 2022 MARVEL.

(L-R): Dorothy Steel as Merchant Tribe Elder, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Danai Gurira as Okoye in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Marvel Studios0

After opening the borders to Wakanda at the end of the first film, the once secretive nation must deal with the consequences of this and the loss of its king. In a heartfelt moment, Queen Ramonda says “I’m the queen of the most powerful nation in the world, and my whole family is gone. Haven’t I given everything?”

The shadow of death obviously hangs over Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in which we see Ramonda and Shuri dressed in white with the latter wearing her brother’s helmet. Easily the trailer’s biggest moment is the appearance of a new one in the Black Panther suit, confirming that the hero will not be retired due to T’Challa’s death.

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Theorists have speculated that it could be anyone from Nakia or a shock return of Michael. B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, but if the leaks are to be believed, it is Shuri who takes the field.

Michael B Jordan as Killmonger in Black Panther.  (Marvel Studios)

Michael B Jordan as Killmonger in Black Panther. (Marvel Studios)

Given that Shuri takes over as Black Panther when her brother is badly injured in the comics, it makes sense that Wright would follow in her footsteps and lead the character forward for possible inclusion in a mythical New Avengers Lineup.

When it comes to Namor, we’re guessing the villain won’t be a loner. Remembering the character’s long-rumored arrival – and the fact that he was an original member of the cartoon cabal called the Illuminati that we saw in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — it would be a shame to waste him.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 23: Tenoch Huerta speaks onstage at the Marvel Cinematic Universe Mega-Panel during 2022 Comic Con International: San Diego at the San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2022 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Tenoch Huerta speaks on stage at the Marvel Cinematic Universe Mega-Panel during Comic Con 2022. (Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

The film’s major conflict is between Atlantis and Wakanda, and thanks Production Weekly for expanding on an “entwined conflict” between the nations. Both are described as sophisticated civilizations, but while Wakanda makes the most of its access to vibranium, Atlantis is worried that surface dwellers will once again ravage its mythical realm.

Feige previously said he wanted to explore more of Wakanda’s history, so we assume we’ll also see more of Atlantis’ mythology.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Release date

The title treatment for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

The title treatment for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (2022)

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be in theaters on November 11, 2022.

To say Wakanda forever has had a troubled production would be an understatement. Although Kevin Feige officially confirmed Black Panther 2 at Comic-Con 2019, plans were irrevocably changed upon Boseman’s death in August 2020.

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He was tapped to return for a trilogy of Black panther films, but his death came after Coogler had already submitted a first draft Black Panther 2 meant it had to be adapted to deal with his passing.

The idea of ​​remaking T’Challa was quickly shot down by Feige, while Coogler stepped away to refine his script. At this time, the release was moved from May 2022 to July 8. Despite Boseman’s death, filming was pushed back just three months to June 2021.

Chadwick Boseman has portrayed Black Panther in the MCU since the 2016s

Chadwick Boseman portrayed Black Panther in the MCU since 2016 Captain America: Civil War. (Marvel Studios)

Further complications from Wright suffering an injury on set, COVID restrictions and Lupita N’yongo testing positive meant Wakanda forever was delayed again to November 11, 2022. After months of behind-the-scenes issues, November appears to be locked in for the final chapter of Phase 4.

This means Wakanda forever takes the spot previously occupied by Nia DaCosta The Marvels – which has entered 2023. Hopefully, Atlantis will go smoothly and there will be no more delays.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be in theaters on November 11, 2022.

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