Since Black Panther premiered in February 2018, fans have been clamoring for a sequel. In 2022, they’ll finally get their wish.
It is clear that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is going to be very different than the first film. After Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer at age 43 in August 2020, the filmmakers had to rethink how a sequel would work without his character, T’Challa.
In December 2020, Disney announced that a new actor would not be hired to fill the role, adding that the new movie would focus on other characters within the world of Wakanda, the fictional African country where T’Challa was king.
“Honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy & portrayal of T’Challa, @MarvelStudios will not recast the character, but will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film,” the company tweeted.
“There’s only one Chadwick and he’s not with us,” she told Argentinean outlet Clarin in November 2020. “Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking time to see how we continue the story and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really.”
“I know Chad wouldn’t have wanted us to stop,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in March 2021. “He was somebody who was so about the collective. Black Panther, that was his movie. He was hired to play that role before anybody else was even thought of, before I was hired, before any of the actresses were hired.”
Lupita Nyong’o, who played Nakia in the first film and will reprise the role for the November 2022 film, agreed with the director. “It’s gonna be different, of course, without our king to go back into that world, but I know that all of us are dedicated to reimagining or carrying on his legacy in this new Black Panther,” the Oscar winner said during a March 2021 appearance on Good Morning America. “And Ryan Coogler has some really, really exciting ideas that I look forward to bringing to life with the rest of the family.”
After unveiling the first trailer in July 2022 at San Diego Comic-Con, it became clear that the movie characters will be grieving the death of T’Challa in the sequel. Okoye actress Danai Gurirasaid it was important to honor both the actor and character’s legacies.
“The most important thing, of course, was honoring our brother, our leader, and our king,” Gurira toldEntertainment Weekly at the time. “That was definitely at the forefront of our minds and our spirits and our hearts. There was this amazing impact that the first Black Panther had, so the need, I think, was to really solidify that these characters and this world have an arc. It wasn’t a one-time momentous thing.”
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'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' Will Honor Chadwick Boseman: Everything We Know About the Movie
Since Black Panther premiered in February 2018, fans have been clamoring for a sequel. In 2022, they'll finally get their wish.
It is clear that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is going to be very different than the first film. After Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer at age 43 in August 2020, the filmmakers had to rethink how a sequel would work without his character, T'Challa.
In December 2020, Disney announced that a new actor would not be hired to fill the role, adding that the new movie would focus on other characters within the world of Wakanda, the fictional African country where T'Challa was king.
"Honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy & portrayal of T’Challa, @MarvelStudios will not recast the character, but will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film," the company tweeted.
Marvel executive Victoria Alonso has also said the studio has no plans to digitally recreate Boseman's image for the film.
"There’s only one Chadwick and he’s not with us," she told Argentinean outlet Clarin in November 2020. "Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking time to see how we continue the story and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really."
Ryan Coogler, who signed on to write and direct the sequel after directing and cowriting the first, thinks Boseman would want everyone involved in the franchise to press on without him.
"I know Chad wouldn't have wanted us to stop," he told The Hollywood Reporter in March 2021. "He was somebody who was so about the collective. Black Panther, that was his movie. He was hired to play that role before anybody else was even thought of, before I was hired, before any of the actresses were hired."
Lupita Nyong'o, who played Nakia in the first film and will reprise the role for the November 2022 film, agreed with the director. "It's gonna be different, of course, without our king to go back into that world, but I know that all of us are dedicated to reimagining or carrying on his legacy in this new Black Panther," the Oscar winner said during a March 2021 appearance on Good Morning America. "And Ryan Coogler has some really, really exciting ideas that I look forward to bringing to life with the rest of the family."
After unveiling the first trailer in July 2022 at San Diego Comic-Con, it became clear that the movie characters will be grieving the death of T'Challa in the sequel. Okoye actress Danai Gurirasaid it was important to honor both the actor and character's legacies.
"The most important thing, of course, was honoring our brother, our leader, and our king," Gurira toldEntertainment Weekly at the time. "That was definitely at the forefront of our minds and our spirits and our hearts. There was this amazing impact that the first Black Panther had, so the need, I think, was to really solidify that these characters and this world have an arc. It wasn't a one-time momentous thing."
Keep scrolling for everything we know about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever:
When Is the 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' Release Date?
This part, at least, is confirmed — though it has moved several times in the wake of the pandemic and Boseman's death. After initially being set for May 2022 and moving to the following July, the date was once again shifted in October 2021. The second film will now premiere in theaters on November 11, 2022. Production began in Atlanta in June 2021.
Who's In the 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' Cast?
Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Florence Kasumba and Gurira all reprise their roles from the first film. The credits in the July 2022 trailer gave Wright top billing with Nyong'o and Gurira following.
The teaser also revealed that Tenoch Huerta is in the cast, confirming rumors he will play Namor the Sub-Mariner, a Marvel character who first appeared all the way back in 1939. Michaela Coel joins the cast as Aneka, Mabel Cadena will be introduced as Namora, and Alex Livinalli will play Attuma.
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Is the 'Wakanda Forever' Trailer Out Yet?
Marvel Studios released the first look at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2022. The trailer shows the country mourning T'Challa. "I am queen of the most powerful nation in the world, and my entire family is gone," Ramonda, Black Panther's mother, bellows. "Have I not given everything?"
Other scenes show Shuri crying; a mural with T'Challa's face; an underwater birth with unidentified characters; and a lot of our favorite characters (including Nakia, M'Baku and Okoye) looking very concerned. One of the brief happy scenes is the first look at Riri Williams/Ironheart, who is shown in the lab with Shuri. The final shot shows someone in what appears to be a Black Panther suit with gold accents — and the claws are coming out.
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Is Namor the Villain in 'Black Panther 2'?
The trailer confirmed speculation that Tomech Huerta will play Namor the Sub-Mariner. He has aquatic powers inherited from his parents, much like Black Panther. Namor can speak to and control sea creatures, and that's likely why the trailer shows what appears to be an army pulled by whales. However, he has a comic book history as both a hero and villain so it remains to be seen what side he's on in Wakanda Forever.
"My character has a deep appreciation for Black Panther and T'Challa," Huerta told Black Girl Nerds in July 2022. "And me as an actor, as a single human being, what Chadwick means [is] so powerful, so deep, it's extraordinary and it's a big inspiration. So on different levels, in fiction and in real life, to be a part of this and feel his presence and his legacy ... is fantastic."
What's 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' About?
Marvel Studios released a synopsis in July 2022: "Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda."
As Marvel fans know, the mantle of Black Panther gets passed down through generations, so it's likely that someone else will take on the title in Wakanda Forever. T'Challa's sister Shuri (Wright) eventually became Black Panther and queen of Wakanda in the comic books, so her journey is certainly a possibility for the sequel's plot. The trailer shows one glimpse of someone in a black and gold version of the superhero suit, hinting that someone will take the mantle by the film's end.
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What's the Soundtrack Like?
The trailer gave fans a taste, as did the July 25 EP Wakanda Forever Prologue. The three-track album includes "A Body, A Coffin" by Amaarae, "Soy" by Santa Fe Klan and "No Woman, No Cry" by Tems (featured in the trailer released days prior).
How Will the Movie Handle Chadwick Boseman's Death?
This is a secret too, but Marvel president Kevin Feige has implied it will honor him in some way. “It’s clearly very emotional without Chad,” he told Variety in June 2021. “But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”
Bassett agreed, telling ET that things were "shifted and changed" following Boseman's death. "Thankfully, Ryan and [screenwriter] Joe Robert Cole, they're just such masterful storytellers that they've found a way into this world and hopefully it will be satisfying, I think, for the fans, and it will be honorable of our Chad. We love our king."
Why Didn't They Recast T'Challa?
Producer Nate Moore confirmed in November 2021 that T'Challa will not be recast nor will a computer-generated version of Boseman play the Wakandan king after the actor's death. “We just couldn’t do it," the producer said on "The Ringer-Verse" podcast.
“When Chad passed, it was a real conversation we had with [director Ryan] Coogler about what do we do, and it was a fast conversation,” Moore said. “I think we all feel so much of T’Challa in the MCU on the screen – not in comics – is tied to Chadwick’s performance, is what he brought to that role both on and off-screen.”
However, Boseman's brother Derrick wants the role recast, he told TMZ in December 2021. While the actor “never explicitly expressed his wishes before his death,” Derrick believes that Chadwick would want T’Challa's story to continue.
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Though Daniel Kaluuya played an important role in the first film as W'Kabi — T'Challa's best friend, a former head of security for Wakanda and Okoye's husband — he won't be seen in the sequel.
"BREAKING NEWS: Fresh from my NOPE interview with Daniel Kaluuya he did not reprise his role in #BlackPanther2 due to his schedule conflicts w/ #NOPE," Rotten Tomatoes editor Jacqueline Coley revealed via Twitter in July 2022. "It's official he's not in #BlackPantherWakandaForever."
In November 2022, Coogler offered an update on where W'Kabi is during the sequel. "He's basically banished, but still within Wakanda's borders, if that makes sense. It's one line that refers to him still being alive," the director told CinemaBlend.
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Riri Williams Is Coming
In August 2021, Feige revealed that Dominique Thorne will appear in the film as Riri Williams, a.k.a. Ironheart, before she headlines the Disney+ series Ironheart. "We're shooting Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, right now, and the character of Riri Williams, you will meet in Black Panther 2 first," he told ComicBook.com. "She started shooting, I think, this week before her Ironheart series."
Is Michael B. Jordan Coming Back?
Jordan's character, Killmonger, seemingly died at the end of the first movie, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything in a Marvel movie. If the writers find a way to bring him back, he's said he would be happy to return. Asked to rate the likelihood of a Killmonger resurrection on a scale of 1 to 10, the actor settled on a 2. "I didn't want to go zero!" he said during an April 2021 interview on The Jess Cagle Show. "Never say never. I can't predict the future."
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How Does the Cast Feel About Doing the Film Without Boseman?
During a September 2022 interview with Elle, Gurira, Nyong’o and Wright opened up about filming without Boseman and feeling the actor's presence on set.
“In the moments that we have joy, I just sense him kicking back, laughing with God, like, ‘Wow, look at my sisters,’” Wright revealed. “We took all the love that we had for him and we put it into the film.”
Nyong’o, for her part, shared how Coogler called her months after the Marshall star’s death to “talk me through the new idea” for the film. “I remember dreading the conversation. But then I felt a breath of relief when Heard what he had in store. He offered a raft out of a deep sea of grief.”
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Production Shut Down
The superhero sequel temporarily shut down production in November 2021 so that Wright could heal from an earlier on-set injury, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Letitia has been recovering in London since September from injuries sustained on the set of Black Panther 2 and is looking forward to returning to work early 2022,” a representative for Wright said in a statement to the publication. “Letitia kindly asks that you keep her in your prayers.”
The Sing 2 actress was involved in a stunt-related accident in August 2021. At the time, Marvel Studios said it would not impact the film’s shooting schedule.
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Angela Bassett Offers An Update On Letitia Wright’s Health
In August 2021, Wright sustained minor injuries while filming a stunt on the Boston set of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. At the time, a Disney spokesperson said in a statement that the Marvel actress was “receiving care in a local hospital and is expected to be released soon,” but the extent of her injuries were not disclosed.
At the 2021 Emmy Awards, Bassett, who plays Wright’s onscreen mother, shared an update on the young actress’ status after reportedly injuring herself on a stunt rig.
"She had a little bit of a fall, but it's not too bad," the 9-1-1 actress told Entertainment Tonight. "You know, anything like that will shake you up, she's just a little, slight, little petite thing. But she is fine and ready to go."
Bassett is also ready to get back into character and honor the film's late star, Boseman. "Every day is just a testament and a love fest for our dear [Boseman]," she told ET.
After Wright's late November injury, filming was delayed again in early January 2022 as Nyong'o and several other cast and crew members tested positive for COVID-19. The pause only lasted for a week and filming resumed in mid-January, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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D23 Expo Details
At Disney's D23 Expo in September 2022, Duke revealed that the world of the sequel is much larger than the one in the original movie. "What I'm most excited for fans to see is how much more Wakanda there is," he explained. "There's just so much more than the first movie and that's exciting."
A new trailer also gave fans a look at Queen Ramonda, who addresses the United Nations following the death of T'Challa. "The King is dead," she tells the group. "The Black Panther is gone. They have lost the protector."
Is There a New Black Panther?
In September 2022, a teaser released at the D23 Expo showed the people of Wakanda dealing with the aftermath of T’Challa’s death. One month later, a full-length trailer introduced a new villain, K’uk’ulkan, and gave a first look at the new Black Panther — although it did not reveal who was wearing the suit. (You can watch the trailer above.)
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Better Than the OG?
"There will be a Black Panther 2. November. Look for it in November. It will be amazing," Bassett teased on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in March 2022. "It is going to be amazing. It is going to top [the first] one.“
What Happens in the 3rd 'Wakanda Forever' Trailer?
The third teaser for the film dropped in October 2022 and depicts Namor and Ironheart battling in mid-air.
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What Do the New Character Posters Reveal?
In addition to another teaser for the movie, Marvel also released new character posters in October 2022. The richly-designed images feature the actors and their characters — Wright (Shuri), Nyong’o (Nakia), Gurira (Okoye), Bassett (Queen Ramonda), Huerta (Namor) and Duke (M’Baku) — looking stunningly regal in their MCU costumes.