‘Wakanda Forever’ trailer: More questions than answers

Just who is the new Black Panther?

words by: Alee Kwong
Oct 4, 2022

Waiting for the Black Panther sequel has been bittersweet. On one hand, it’s exciting that we are finally getting the opportunity to continue the legacy of the Black Panther with such an amazing cast and director, but on the other hand, moving on means having to finally accept that Chadwick Boseman is no longer the Black Panther. The trailer for the upcoming film showed us that while the role wasn’t recast, someone is taking over the mantle. Our guess is his sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright).


The tone of the trailer was somber and honors the passing of T’Challa (as well as Chadwick Boseman). Boseman passed away from colon cancer on August 28, 2020 — just ten months before production started on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Secretly struggling with the terminal illness, he did so much for the fandom. His final performance as the Black Panther was in What If…?, where he lent his voice for the episode “What If… T’Challa Became a Star-Lord?”



The sequel to the 2018 smash-hit film will bring back Shuri, Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Okoye (Danai Gurira), M’Baku (Winston Duke), and Queen Mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett). Ayo (Florence Kasumba), will serve as second-in-command of the Dora Milaje. Aneka (Michaela Coel), a combat warrior and new character to the franchise, will debut alongside fellow new character, Ironheart (Dominique Thorne).


Namor the Submariner (Tenoch Huerta) will also be introduced in this film as the ruler of Talocan (instead of Atlantis), and it has been confirmed that the MCU Namor will indeed be a mutant. It’s said that the underwater dwellers of Talocan will wage war against the Wakandans as a result of their opening up to the rest of the world — endangering the Talocan way of life.


Again, it’s still unclear who will take on the Black Panther title, but Shuri is the best guess. Not only was her new costume revealed in the latest LEGO build, but it would follow the same storyline as the comic books, where Shuri takes over after T’Challa.


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