Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to the 2018 original movie is set to be released in November this year, and Marvel fans are looking forward to seeing how the sequel will handle itself without the original movie’s main star Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020 following a 4-year-long battle with colon cancer.
Marvel Studios decided to move forward with the sequel following Boseman’s death, and producer Kevin Feige confirmed that they will not look for another actor to take over the role of King T’Challa. Instead, the movie will follow the royal family of Wakanda that we have already met and it’s expected some already known character will take the mantle of Black Panther. Although Marvel Studios is keeping details under wraps, fans have theories that either T’Challa’s sister Shuri or his ally M’Baku could become the new Black Panther. Some theories are even mentioning the return of Killmonger, but Michael B. Jordan wasn’t confirmed to return for the sequel yet.
Ryan Coogler, writer and director of the first Black Panther movie also returned to helm the sequel, and he’s also developing a spin-off series for Disney+ about the people of Wakanda. Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett are all reprising their respective roles from the first movie, and Bassett recently commented that fans can expect that the movie will be better than the first one. She also opened up about filming the sequel without the main star.
“It’s going to be amazing. It’s going to top [the first] one. Can I say that? Marvel, can I say that? […] He [Chadwick Boseman] was such an example, such a leader, an amazing talent — we all know that. Big heart, great intellect, and we just hope to raise his standard. It will be amazing. Our director Ryan Coogler. Writer. Director. Perfect leader.” — Angela Bassett for The Hollywood Reporter
Dominique Thorne, who was cast to play Riri Williams/Ironheart in the MCU will make her debut in this upcoming movie before she gets her own spin-off series on Disney+. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to be released on November 11, 2022.