Black Panther 2’s Wakandan characters will all have an opinion on who should replace T’Challa as their new superhero.
In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab), Nate Moore, vice president of production and development at Marvel Studios, revealed an intriguing new tidbit about the upcoming MCU Phase 4 movie. Namely that everyone associated with the African kingdom believes that another person is best suited to fill the role. So expect some tense discussions between the film’s main characters over who should succeed their fallen king as heir to the Black Panther name.
Following the death of lead actor Chadwick Boseman in August 2020, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be an ensemble film, featuring recurring actors Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o in major roles.
The biggest question surrounding the superhero film concerns the identity of the character set set to replace Boseman’s T’Challa as Wakanda’s champion, aka the Black Panther. The latest trailer for the Marvel film already seemed to confirm who that person will be, but it could turn out to be a misdirection – a tactic Marvel has used in the past for its other highly anticipated projects.
For her part, Nyong’o didn’t reveal anything about the Kenyan-Mexican actor in THR’s cover story. However, Moore was a bit more accommodating, hinting that each of Wakanda’s main players has an opinion on who should become the new Black Panther.
“The Black Panther has existed in Wakanda for centuries, so the idea of someone else taking up the mantle didn’t seem inorganic,” Moore said. “But when that had to become a reality, it was like, ‘OK, what makes the most sense for the story? All of the characters in the film have different ideas about who should wear the coat and why.”
Luckily, it won’t be long before we find out who Wakanda’s new protector is. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters worldwide on November 11. However, the embargo on social media reactions will be lifted on October 28, so big story spoilers could Start showing up online from this point. Keep this in mind as you scroll through Twitter from this date.
Analysis: Do we really know who the new Black Panther is?
Potentially major spoilers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to come.
It seems so. As we mentioned earlier, the film’s latest trailer seems to confirm who will be taking on the Black Panther mantle in Wakanda Forever, with most fans – including us – speculating that it’s none other than Shuri, T’Challa’s brother . It’s clearly a female character in a suit at the end of the trailer, and the white face paint markings on the helmet that Shuri is adorned with during T’Challa’s funeral procession all but confirms that she is Wakanda’s new champion.
But what if not? What if this is all just misdirection by Marvel? Finally, the studio is in the form of omitting spoiler-based content from its trailers or including footage that doesn’t make it into the final film (Avengers: Infinity War, we’ll take a look).
So the new Black Panther could be anyone. The character we see wearing the superhero suit in the latest trailer could be Danai Gurira’s Okoye, Nyongo’s Nakia, or even Michaela Coel’s Aneka. Again, the markings on the helmet could distract us from the trail and make us think it’s Shuri, although it really isn’t.
Then there’s a chance that one of the above quartets are temporary custodians of the Black Panther name. In September 2021, reports surfaced that Winston Dukes M’Baku would wear the suit. Meanwhile, online rumors have claimed that multiple characters will be taking the mantle. Further speculation suggests that a character we haven’t seen yet could also become the new Black Panther, but we’ll refrain from posting this in case a) it turns out to be true and b) it’s on end will be a huge spoiler.
With the Marvel film less than a month from release, we’ll find out for sure soon. In the meantime, Marvel will be loving the speculation emanating from the latest trailer and all the other rumors leading up to the film’s release.
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