Marvel Cinematic Studios has been working with the Black Panther sequel since the original film earned a record-breaking success at the box office, while also landing a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. Unfortunately, the sequel has to move on without the Black Panther original lead Chadwick Boseman due to the actor's tragic passing in 2020. Hopefully, recent Marvel announcements state that the sequel will pay tribute to the late MCU Veteran.
With Marvel Studios' vote to not recast T'Challa, it's safe to assume that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will give other side characters the highlight. Though not much is revealed yet about the sequel, looks like Shuri (Letitia Wright) is next in line to wear the Black Panther mantle. Alongside Shuri, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Okoye, and Angela Bassett will all reprise their roles from 2018's Black Panther. The sequel is also rumored to be the debut of Riri Williams a.k.a Iron Heart, starring Dominique Thorne and the Half-Human and Half-Atleantian, Namor.
However, one major Black Panther character hasn't confirmed his return yet, Daniel Kaluuya, who played W'Kabi in 2018's Black Panther film. Thanks to the assistant costume designer Stacy Caballero, who recently updated her resume on her website, confirming that she helped make costumes for Bassett, Nyong'o, and Kaluuya, which seemingly assures the actor's return.
While Kaluuya was exploring outside the MCU franchise, the actor revealed that he was uncertain about his character's return for the upcoming sequel, saying that he didn't know if the sequel still had a role for his character. Fortunately, looks like Kaluuya got a call from Marvel and quickly arranged his return for the Black Panther sequel.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever could be Kaluuya's W'Kabi redemption arc. Kaluuya's character started as T'Challa's best friend but turned on him to side with Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). W'Kabi didn't just betray T'Challa alone but also betrayed his love interest, Okoye, and the rest of Wakanda. W'Kabi could redeem himself if ever the Atlantis rumors are true, he could help his fellow warriors to fight back.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit the big screens on November 11 this year.