Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has got to be the most intriguing Marvel Cinematic Universe film right now simply because of its mysterious nature and as it stands, still very little is known about the project. If you've been in the know regarding the latest theories and rumors surrounding the sequel, then you're most probably aware that it will set the stage for a massive changing of the guard in the billion-dollar franchise.
According to reports, actors Letitia Wright and Winston Duke are the current frontrunners to take over the Black Panther mantle from the late Chadwick Boseman who passed away in 2020. Obviously, both Shuri and M'Baku appear to be logical choices to be T'Challa's successor but the controversies surrounding Letitia's on-set behavior and the alleged espousal of her anti-vax beliefs aren't helping her case.
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that Duke is set for an expanded part, not to mention a massive payday for his involvement in Wakanda Forever. THR claims that the 35-year-old Tobagonian actor "negotiated a hefty raise for his return to Black Panther due to what is being described as an expanded role in the Panther mythos". However, the specifics regarding his new and upgraded role in the franchise are still unclear as of writing.
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Now, this might be a stretch but THR's report seems to support the rumors of Winston Duke becoming the new Black Panther. I mean, the fact that Marvel Studios is giving him an upgraded role and a pay raise for the sequel seems to indicate that M'Baku is going to be a major player in the MCU. Considering his rich history with T'Challa, it makes absolute sense for him to become the next Black Panther and the fans are seemingly behind the idea as well.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently slated for release on November 11, 2022.