‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Trailer Breakdown: Who Is the New Black Panther?

After revealing the first teaser trailer last July at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios now unveiled the official trailer for the 30th MCU movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever! This new trailer offered us a much closer look at the story and how the movie will honor the late star Chadwick Boseman, who passed away before he had the chance to reprise the role in the sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, which grossed $1.3 billion worldwide and was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Chadwick Boseman made his debut as Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Later he reprised the role in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, and in Avengers: Endgame in 2019. Black Panther 2 was officially announced in August 2019, but unfortunately, Boseman lost the battle with colon cancer in August 2020. In December 2020, Kevin Feige announced that the movie will go forward, but the studio will not recast the role of T’Challa, which Boseman played. It’s known that T’Challa isn’t the only person that wore the mask of the Black Panther in the source material, so that started the debate among fans: Who will be the new Black Panther?

The newest trailer gave us good clues on what to expect from the upcoming MCU movie. So, let’s see everything that this new trailer offered us ahead of the movie’s release.

If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can watch it down below:

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Trailer Breakdown

Wakanda Has Lost Its King

The teaser trailer that Marvel revealed last July didn’t hesitate to reveal the emotional depth of this movie, and this new trailer is no different. The trailer starts with Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda and Letitia Wright’s Shuri as they’re mourning T’Challa with the people of Wakanda in what seems to be some sort of a funeral. We can see that everyone is dressed in white, and Shuri, who covered her face with a cowl is holding the original mask of Black Panther that T’Challa wore when we first met him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What’s worse, the future holds a new crisis for the people of Wakanda, and it will be hard to overcome it without their king.

The Best Look Yet At Namor

Namor, the ruler of the underwater civilization Talocan, will serve as the main antagonist of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. According to previous reports, Namor will decide to attack Wakanda after T’Challa’s reveal about Wakanda in the post-credit scene of the original Black Panther movie. Namor believes that the advanced technology of Wakanda is putting his people in jeopardy and he wants to put a stop to it. Interestingly, the Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta had to learn how to swim for the role.

M’Baku Returns

Lord M’Baku, the leader of the Jabari Tribe, was one of the fan-favorite characters in the original Black Panther movie. Winston Duke reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, and this movie will mark his fourth appearance as the character. When the fans were debating who will the next Black Panther be, M’Baku was also one of the mentioned candidates, but if you expected M’Baku to be the next Black Panther, then prepare yourself for disappointment. The trailer didn’t show us much about his role in this sequel. There is only one short scene in which M’Baku is telling the story about Namor. Still, M’Baku will surely have his role at least in the final battle in the movie, and we’re excited to see him again.

Okoye and Nakia Are Back

The trailer also gave us a quick look at two returning characters from the original Black Panther movie. Danai Gurira returns as Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje, who we have seen also watched in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Lupita Nyong’o, who played Nakia, T’Challa’s love interest in the first Black Panther movie now returns after being absent from the mentioned crossover movies. It’s not known where she was and how will she handle the loss of T’Challa, but we’re counting on the movie to show us that.

The Debut Of Ironheart

Dominique Thorne is an actress who originally auditioned for the role of Shuri. But, even though that role was given to Letitia Wright, Thorne’s dream of joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe became a reality when she was cast as Riri Williams, also known as Ironheart. She is already set to have her own TV series on Disney+, but before that, we will meet her in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The trailer also gave the first, but a quick glimpse of Riri in her armor suit, and now we’re waiting to see her in action. We can’t wait to meet her in this movie ahead of the Ironheart series which is set to premiere in the Fall of 2023 on Disney+

The New War Arises

You know how Marvel works with their trailers, they will always show you what action sequences you can expect from the upcoming installments. This trailer gave us a few, visually beautiful shots in which we can see the throne of Wakanda, and the whole country, being flooded as Namor is attacking with his army. The trailer gave a glimpse at action sequences on the ship in the middle of the ocean and another car chasing action sequence which reminded us of the Korea chase scene from the original Black Panther movie. This movie will surely have great action, the one we can always expect from the MCU movie, and with the emotional depth this movie will surely have, we can expect one of the best MCU projects in a while.

New Black Panther Will Rise

And, the reason why we are all here, is the uncovering of T’Challa’s successor, the next Black Panther. The teaser trailer gave us a quick glimpse at the new Black Panther, but it was hard to predict who is behind the mask. Now we got a much better view of the new hero, and from what we can see, the new Black Panther is definitely a woman. Although we cannot be 100% until the titular hero takes off the mask, it’s very likely that Shuri is behind the mask this time, which was a very popular theory after it was announced that someone else will take the mantle of the Black Panther from T’Challa.

Ryan Coogler is back in the director’s chair after he co-wrote and directed the original Black Panther movie. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to be released on November 11, 2022! Tickets are now on sale.

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