Wakanda Forever! Chadwick Boseman lives on as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever completes production.
The second movie in the Black Panther franchise takes us back to Wakanda. Though we return without our King, Chadwick Boseman's memory and legendary performance as T'Challa continues to guide us in spirit as we explore all the other stories in his Kingdom.
The first Black Panther movie introduced us to T'Challa, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Wakanda, who has to return home to claim his rightful place after his father's death. While T'Challa learns the ropes of ruling a kingdom, a powerful enemy appears in the form of his cousin, Erik Killmonger, the long-lost son of his uncle who was killed while on a mission in the outside world.
T'Challa bravely faces all the trials he encounters from the outside and from within, assembling his allies to defeat the forces of evil. With the fate of Wakanda and the safety of the outside world at stake, he stands up to live who he is- T'Challa, King of Wakanda, the Black Panther.
Read through the details of the upcoming movie in this article.
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Release Date: When Will the Marvel Movie Come Out?
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released on November 11, 2022.
The movie was initially confirmed in May 2021, with the original debut date set for May 2022. However, production had to take a break from November 2021 to January 2022 because of Covid. This also gave actor Letitia Wright enough time to recover from an injury she suffered on set while shooting the film. Principal photography for the film was completed in March 2022, so we hope there will be no further delays to the movie's premiere.
Black Panther 2 Reshoots
A few weeks before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres, The Direct reports that the cast and crew are reportedly gearing up to reshoot some scenes. Barring any unforeseen events, the second Black Panther movie may hopefully still debut on time.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Cast: Who are the Actors Included in the Second Black Panther Movie?
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be the first time we return to Wakanda without Chadwick Boseman. Producers and the Executive Team over at Marvel Studios confirmed that the role of T'Challa will not be recast. There are also no plans to use CGI to integrate a digital T'Challa into the film.
As for the other cast members, we will see most of the actors from the first movie return. Lupita Nyong'o will reprise her role as War Dog spy Nakia, along with Danai Guriria, who will also reprise her role as Okoye, the leader of the fierce all-female special forces called the Dora Milaje.
Winston Duke is also set to return as M'Baku, leader of the Jabari tribe, and there have been reports that his character will play a more significant role in the sequel. We will also see Martin Freeman return as CIA operative Everett K. Ross. In some of his interviews, Freeman told about how apprehensive he was feeling about returning to shoot Black Panther without Chadwick. However, after principal photography had ended, Freeman said he was happy being a part of the film.
Angela Basset will also return as the Queen Mother, Ramonda, along with Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri, T'Challa's younger sister.
There will also be new faces introduced in the movie, like Dominique Thorne, who will play the role of Riri Williams, also known as Ironheart. Ironheart is a new Disney+ series, so this may be Marvel's chance to introduce us to the latest superhero. Michaela Coel was also cast for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but her role is still kept under wraps.
Namor the Sub-Mariner
As for the villain of the film, Tenoch Huerta (famous for his role in Narcos: Mexico) was cast as Namor the Sub-Mariner, Scourge of the Seven Seas. We will also see Mabel Cadena play Namora, Namor's cousin.
In an interview with W Radio Mexico, Huerta talked about reshooting some scenes for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever after the San Diego Comic-Con.
Marvel looked a little deeper into the Namor the nuances of his character.s
Learn more about Namor the Sub-Mariner from this short video from Marvel.
Another stellar cast member joins Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with the addition of UFC champion Kamaru Usman. So far, the only thing we know is that the actor will appear in the movie, and we still need to wait for more information about his role.
Michaela Coel is Aneka
We see Michaela Coel as Aneka in the first trailer of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. In the comic books, Aneka is an important character, first appearing in Black Panther Vol.5 #8. She was a combat instructor for the Dora Milaje and was in a forbidden relationship with Ayo, one of her teammates. After Aneka swore off being Dore Milaje when she suffered what she felt was an injustice from Queen Ramonda, she and Ayo become the Midnight Angels.
Aneka was wearing the Midnight Angels uniform in the trailer, which may mean her story was adapted to a certain extent for the movie.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever First Looks
As the premiere date of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever nears, more marketing efforts are being directed towards the promotion of the movie. In a partnership with the soda company, Sprite, there have been promotional materials that may have given us an accidental first look at Okoye and Shuri. The photos were posted by a Black Panther fan account on Twitter:
Marvel will also be releasing a life-sized replica of the Black Panther helmet, complete with all the lighting details and at a 1:1 scale recreation. The inside of the helmet is also padded, to make sure it will be comfortable if you decide to wear it. It is based off the helmet that Chadwick Boseman wore in the first Black Panther film.
The official Marvel Studios Twitter account shared several brand-new images of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Crew: Who are the Creatives Behind the Scenes?
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was directed by Ryan Coogler, who also co-wrote the movie with Joe Robert Cole. Kevin Feige was the producer of the film.
Return to Wakanda
The cast and crew of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever sit down to talk about their return to Wakanda without Chadwick and how the new story is one to look forward to.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Plot: What Will be the Plot of the Movie?
Now that we know that Chadwick's T'Challa will not be a part of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it allows us to explore the other stories that exist in Wakanda. The sequel may take us deeper into Wakandan lore and mythology while establishing new characters and new terrain.
Recent news about the movie confirmed that Namor the Sub-Mariner, played by Tenoch Huerta, will be the main villain. This confirmation also tells us that Black Panther will expand its world to include Atlantis, Namor's home and domain. Namor already exists in the comic books, but we can expect a substantial change since Namor will be integrated into the MCU.
Black Panther: Wakanda Vs Atlantis
In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, we will see an Atlantis based on Mayan Culture instead of Ancient Greece.
If the movie follows the comic book's story, we may see Wakanda and Atlantis engage in an all-out war. Both of these countries chose to keep their secret from the outside world to keep their people safe. Since both are powerful countries with advanced technology and vast military resources, any conflict that happens between them will drastically affect everyone else.
Namor has always been wary of land-dwellers, and this is proven by his fickleness, frequently changing up who he chooses to side with. Since the Black Panther doesn't know if Namor can be trusted, he keeps secret files of Atlantean weaknesses, just in case. This was a wise move because Namor certainly has the potential to be an enemy.
Twitter user @cinestealth speculates that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will include scenes showing Namor the Sub-Mariner's fight against the conquerors in Mexico during the Spanish Conquest.
It will also be interesting to see if other characters would step up to take the helm of Black Panther. In the comics, the one character who eventually becomes the Black Panther after T’Challa is his sister, Shuri. This may be an angle the movie could take, and many fans are already hoping this would be the case.
Shuri and Queen Ramonda
The official teaser of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever brought other potential storylines to light. We may take a deeper dive into the psychology of each of the characters as they struggle to come to terms with the death of T'Challa.
Shuri may be facing internal conflicts, questioning whether she is ready or worthy of taking the helm that her father and her brother took before her. Queen Ramonda may also be reaching her breaking point after losing her husband and her son.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever may just show us how the true power of women as rulers.
The Great King T'Challa
The teaser also showed us a sequence where T'Challa may be laid to rest. The entire team may have grieved for Chadwick Boseman's death and honored him on set by immortalizing his character in the movie. How they wrote in T'Challa's death seems also to be a great factor in the story, further extending his influence, worthy of a king.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Run Time
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will have a total run time of 2 hours 36 minutes, as reported by The Direct. This total run-time makes it the longest Marvel movie to be released so far, followed closely by Iron Man, which runs at 2 hours, 6 minutes.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Trailer: Is There a Trailer for the 2022 Black Panther Movie?
Marvel released the official teaser for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on July 24, 2022, a few months before the movie premieres in theaters.
In the teaser, we catch glimpses of the potential burial of T'Challa. We also see some of the major characters from the first movie return, along with a quick introduction to life in Atlantis.
The official trailer for the film was released on October 3, 2022. We confirmed that Shuri, T'Challa's younger sister, will be taking on the helm of the Black Panther.
Now is the time to strike.
You can review the events of the first movie in this trailer:
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Sizzle Reel Rumor
In a recent tweet, Erik Davis from Fandango shared that a new sizzle reel for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released on September 3rd as part of National Cinema Day. Whether or not this is true will be answered in only a matter of hours.
In the teaser for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, we see scenes implying that Ironheart, aka Riri Williams as played by Dominique Thorne, will also take part in the conflict. How does this tie back to Ironheart's story? Is she part Wakandan? For now, we can only guess.
D23 Expo 2022 Exclusive Clip
The presentation for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever during the D23 Expo 2022 included an exclusive three-minute footage from the film, along with a brand new trailer.
The footage showed showed many major events we will see in the movie. The first footage shows Queen Rhonda speaking to the members of the UN who are trying to forcefully convince her to trade Vibranium. Then, we see bandits stealing Vibranium from a submarine only to be successfully stopped by the Doja Milaje. Fans who attended the expo also got to see Namor in action.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: The Courage to Dream
Black Panther continues to inspire its fans, especially young admirers of the franchise, to never give up on their aspirations in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: The Courage to Dream, a children's picture book. Author Frederick Joseph and illustrator Nikkolas Smith, both recognized by the New York Times, shared their inspiration for the book in an interview with The Root.
Smith shared his idea of Wakanda as an alternate reality:
Black people in America have to constantly carry the weight of a history derailed by colonization. Wakanda is that ‘What If?’ scenario in an alternate universe where we were able to keep our vast wealth of knowledge and resources intact. It is an indescribable beacon of hope and inspiration for our community.
Joseph supported this by adding that Wakanda is the place where dreams come true:
Wakanda is my wildest dreams come true; a place where the seeds of Blackness have been able to grow unapologetically into a tree of free expression, creativity, and wonder.
The book follows the story of a young Wakandan named Assata, who lets go of her dream to be one of the Dora Milaje because of her disability. She meets with many of her friends along the way until she learns that the courage to dream starts within her.
Where to Watch Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: Where Can I Watch the Movie?
You can watch Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in theatres near you once the movie is released. As soon as the theatrical period for the movie is complete, we may see it on streaming sites like Disney+.
Black Panther will never be the same without Chadwick, but Wakanda is a land with many people who have many stories to tell. Let us travel through the country together, learning new myths and meeting new people, starting with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
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