Fans have been looking forward to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as it would mark a new beginning for the nation of Wakanda after the death of Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa and it is expected to address whose character is going to take the mantle of Black Panther. So far, there's no confirmed information yet about who is going to be the next Black Panther in the film. However, it seems that a deceased character from the first film might be making a return.
ScreenGeek has reported that Michael B. Jordan will return in the role of Killmonger in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. According to them, he will serve as a mentor to a young hero in the Ancestral Plane. However, they weren't able to confirm which "young hero" he is going to serve as a mentor of although there have been speculations that it could be Letitia Wright's Shuri who is going to take the mantle during the sequel.
We do have to take note that the news was not reported by the major trades nor officially confirmed by Marvel so we have to take this with a grain of salt.
It may be surprising at first to hear that Killmonger might be making his return in the sequel since he died at the end of the first film. However, given that his rumored return will be in the Ancestral Plane, it does make sense since it is the place where the soul settles after their death. If it's true that he will be returning in the sequel, it is interesting that he will have the "mentor" role since he was the antagonist in the first film. We shall just wait and see if this report is true at all.
The film is currently on production hiatus since they are waiting for Wright to recover from her injuries. It is expected to resume filming next month with the actress expected to return, contrary to the recent rumors.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to be released in theaters on November 11, 2022.