What to expect from Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever
Who takes up the mantle?
Following Black Panther’s epic debut in 2018, which saw the movie go on to have one of the most successful box office grossing in history with $1.3 billion and a total of 30 highly coveted awards, including 3 Oscars, Marvel ordered its sequel — Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
However, since Chadwick Boseman died in 2020, there’s been a lot of speculation about who takes up the Wakandan king’s title. Many assume the mantle automatically falls on his younger sister, Shuri (Leticia Wright). While others believe the powerful, mountain clan leader, M’baku (Winston Duke) is the next best successor.
Reports from the movie’s set however indicate that Shuri may take up the King’s mantle now that she’s to have a much larger role in the upcoming sequel. In the comics, Shuri takes up the mantle of Black Panther after T’challa enters a coma in Doomwar.
However, if Marvel chooses to go another route, it could introduce a different version of S’Yan, T’challa, and Shuri’s uncle, who is one of their only blood relatives to ever take up the mantle after the siblings’ father, T’Chaka, in the comics.
The rumored plot of Black Panther: Wakanda forever teases the legendary battle between Wakanda and Atlantis, two hidden civilizations with pioneering technology, unlike anything the modern world has ever seen.
Comic lore states that their war began when T’Challa allowed the Avengers to use Wakanda as their home base. When the Avengers kidnapped an X-Man named Transonic, Namor, King of Atlantis, possessed by the Phoenix Force, destroyed most of Wakanda. However, the MCU introduction of Mutants is scheduled for late 2022, long after the Black Panther is scheduled for release. This leaves much speculation as to how the MCU will portray the premise of this epic war.
Aside from this rumored log-line, fans are also curious about the fate of Wakanda’s technology and the world’s reaction to a supposed third-world country being one of the most advanced civilizations in the world. This could also be a possible conflict in the movie’s sequel as the post-credit scene of Black Panther, saw T’challa revealing Wakanda’s hidden capital to the United Nation and its representatives. With this knowledge out in the world, there’s no doubt that Wakanda’s enemies will plot to infiltrate the Vibranium repository. And the loss of Wakanda’s king may just present the cover of chaos needed to do so.
Next, begs the question of Killmonger’s (Micheal B. Jordan) reappearance. Did he survive that ghastly fall? Recent news from Marvel’s camp has confirmed that he will be back in some capacity and not as the villain we initially knew. This leaves a lot of theories about his return up in the air. Some believe he may appear to Shuri in the black panther ancestral plane, just like T’challa’s father did, right before he became the black panther.
Most importantly, fans are curious about how Marvel will incorporate Chadwick Boseman’s death on-screen. Having refused to recast T’challa, Lupita Nyong’o who plays Nakia in the franchise has recently provided some insight into the MCU’s approach to honoring Chadwick, putting a lot of doubts to rest. In an interview, she said:
“The way which he (Ryan Coogler) has reshaped the second movie is so respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world. So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this.”
The Black Panther sequel has the potential to match up to its predecessor with the possible clash of the Wakandan and Atlantis army, and with the introduction of fan-favorite, Namor, it may just exceed all expectations.
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