Black Panther Wakanda Forever is six months away and here are some important elements and characters the film should deal with.
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Black Panther Wakanda Forever is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2018 hit film Black Panther. The movie will mark the 30th entry into the MCU and is set for release on November 11 2022. Yet with six months until the films release very little about the movie has been revealed officially to the press. Marvel Studios is keeping production on this film highly secretive.
The film has a lot of expectations behind it as Black Panther grossed $700 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide making it the fifth highestgrossing film domestically the sixteenth highestgrossing film worldwide and one of the biggest superhero movies of all time. It was the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and earned seven Academy Award nominations and won three including Best Costume Design Best Production Design and Best Original Score.
Black Panther was more than a movie it was a cultural phenomenon and a groundbreaking landmark moment for many audiences. That meant that making a sequel was always going to be a daunting task as they are not only making a sequel to one of the most successful movies of all time but now must make a sequel in the aftermath of the lead star Chadwick Bosemans passing away before production began.
This means Black Panther Wakanda Forever is now more than just the next chapter in the MCU but also a final tribute to a great actor gone too soon. What can audiences expect from the sequel? What should they expect? While there are still months before the films release here are some storylines and characters Black Panther Wakanda Forever might and should feature.
A Fitting Farewell To Chadwick Boseman
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures The most obvious element that Black Panther Wakanda Forever will have to deal with is the tragic and untimely passing of star Chadwick Boseman. Boseman passed away on August 28 2020 after a fouryear battle with colon cancer that he kept hidden from the public. Bosemans death forced the creative team to rework the entire film at a page 1 rewrite and in December 2020 Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the role of TChalla would not be recast.
Bosemans death left a massive gaping hole in not just the MCU as they lost one of their most beloved heroes but popular culture as a whole he was the heroic face for an entire generation of kids that is now no longer there. While comic book superheroes are immortal and live on forever reallife people are not and the loss of Boseman and how Black Panther Wakanda Forever will address this realworld issue hangs over the entire film.
The film now has to both acknowledge the characters further absence from the MCU while also making a fitting tribute that does not feel exploitative. Whatever the decision of how to handle the reallife passing is not going to be an easy one but it appears everyone involved from writer and director Ryan Coogler producer Kevin Feige and the entire cast and crew acknowledges the weight of the situation and is doing everything to make Black Panther Wakanda forever both a worthy sequel but also a film that honors Boseman as a great actor and great man.
Namor The SubMariner
While not confirmed it is highly believed that Black Panther Wakanda Forever will see the introduction of Namor the SubMariner. One of the first characters created for Marvel Comis when it was still titled Timely Comics Namor was created in 1939 and has been a big player in the Marvel Comics universe. He is both the King of Atlantis and also what is typically referred to as The First Mutant which could very much be his place in the MCU as he would arrive before the XMen into the franchise. Namor can fit many roles in both the MCU and specifically Black Panther Wakanda Forever from an antihero to a fullblown antagonist.
Namor being in Black Panther Wakanda Forever makes a certain amount of sense as both Namor and the Black Panther are rules of technologically advanced kingdoms. Both Wakanda and Atlantis have come into conflict before in the comics notably in Avengers VS XMen when Namor using the power of the Phoenix Force flooded Wakanda. Also both characters have very close ties to The Fantastic Four as Namor made his grand return to comics in Fantastic Four #4 while Black Panther made his debut in Fantastic Four #52. With The Fantastic Four film joining the MCU very soon a confrontation between two of their most iconic supporting players may be a good starting place.
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Black Panthers midcredit scene teased big ramifications for the MCU moving forward. The film ended with the announcement Wakanda would open its borders to the rest of the world looking to share its technology and even making outreach programs with the first one being based in California. Yet in the four years since the films release and the multiple MCU projects not much has been hinted at how this has impacted the world at all.
One has to assume Wakandas technology and knowledge certainly came in handy in those five years between Avengers Infinity War and Avengers Endgame. Black Panther Wakanda Forever has a chance to truly examine how the MCU has been shaped by this major revelation of Wakanda opening up its borders with their resources being both for the betterment of humanity but also how certain individuals could be using it for nefarious purposes.