Wakanda Forever Preview

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to Black Panther from 2018, has been a topic across the world lately.  The sequel will be released on November 11, 2022, over four years after its predecessor’s release. For the past year and a half, Marvel Studios, the cast and crew of Wakanda Forever, and the director, Ryan Coogler, have been working on the movie, hoping to fulfill Marvel’s promise that it will be as good or better than the prequel.

After watching the first trailer, which was released in the middle of the summer, fans have assumed that T’Challa’s sister, Shuri, who is played by Letita Wright, will take the mantle of Black Panther, and others have guessed that it would be T’Challa’s lover in the movie, Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o. The trailer also reveals some of the cast and characters from the previous movie. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever includes Okoye, played by Danai Gurira, and Winston Duke, who is playing M’Baku, is a part of the cast, as well as the mother of T’Challa, Queen Ramonda, who is played by Angela Bassett. Joining the cast are Dominique Thorne, who is playing Iron Heart, or Riri Williams, and Michaela Coel is also joining the cast, starring as Aneka, a queer Wakandan soldier. Tenoch Huerta is joining the cast, playing the supposed antagonist of the movie, Namor. Namor is an Atlantean King, based on Marvel Comics, who debuted in the late 1930s. Michaela Coel is also joining the cast, starring as Aneka, a queer Wakandan soldier. 

The movie’s world premiere took place at Dolby Theater in Hollywood on October 26, 2022. During the premiere, Marvel released a few clips for the film. (See links to clips below.) At the premiere, Letita Wright, the actress who plays T’Challa’s sister, Shuri, was seen wearing the same outfit as what Chadwick Boseman wore at the Oscars Awards in March 2018, a month after the first Black Panther was released. The director of Black Panther (2018) and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ryan Coogler, was seen at the premiere wearing a dog tag of Chadwick Boseman. (See pictures below.) Michael B. Jordan, an actor from Black Panther, has also appeared at the premiere. Could this indicate that he will make an appearance in Wakanda Forever, whether as a Black Panther or in a flashback?

According to some early reviews, the movie was pretty good. A person on twitter tweeted that “‘Wakanda Forever’ is outstanding. It handles loss, grief, and revenge with maturity and seriousness rarely seen in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).” This means that the movie is darker than most Marvel movies and it will deal with the -spoiler alert- death of Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, which has been confirmed by Ryan Coogler and the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige.

Will Black Panther: Wakanda Forever be the movie of the year? And will it meet or be better than its predecessor, Black Panther?