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The Marvel Cinematic Universe reassembles the tribes of Wakanda as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever lands on Disney+.
Ryan Coogler returned to the director’s chair for the 2018 sequel Black Pantherafter the tragic passing of star Chadwick Boseman.
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Now that the movie is finally available to stream, here’s everything you need to know Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
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Despite Boseman’s death, there is a gap in the Wakanda forever cast, thankfully there’s a mix of old and new faces to honor his legacy.
First and foremost, Letitia Wright is back as Shuri: T’Challa’s inventive sister who created her older brother’s suit in the first film.
Angela Bassett retains the family ties and also returns as Queen Ramonda, the widow of King T’Chaka and the current ruler of Wakanda.
There’s also more of Nakia from Lupita Nyong’o, who was T’Challa’s love interest in the first movie.
Danai Gurira returns as the terrifying Okoye to lead the all-female Dora Milaje warriors. Martin Freeman reprises his role as CIA agent Everett Ross, and Winston Duke reprises his role as M’Baku, the leader of the Jabari tribe.
In terms of newcomers, there’s the much-hyped arrival of Tenoch Huerta as Namor. Dubbed Marvel’s first mutant, Namor the Sub-Mariner predates Marvel Comics alongside the original Human Torch and Captain America as one of Timely Comics’ “big three.”
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This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Namor, with an Easter egg in 2010 iron man 2 seemingly referring to Atlantis, Namor’s homeland.
Namor’s ties to Black Panther were confirmed in Avengers: endgame when Okoye referred to dealing with a series of deep-sea earthquakes off the coast of Africa. Writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus confirmed it was a plague from Namor.
Finally, there is the debut of Riri Williams by Dominique Thorn. In a fleeting glimpse of the character in the trailer, we see her honoring her legacy as the next Iron Man by making her own suit. It’s a subtle throwback to Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. who did the same in 2008. Iron Man.
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Michaela Coel also makes her MCU arrival as Aneka, the woman who trained the Dora Milaje.
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Publication date
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now out on Disney+.
Say Wakanda forever had a troubled production would be an understatement. Although Kevin Feige has officially confirmed Black Panther 2 at Comic-Con 2019, plans were irrevocably changed by Boseman’s death in August 2020.
He was tapped to return for a trilogy of Black Panther movies, however, his death came after Coogler had already turned in a first draft Black Panther 2 meant it had to be modified to deal with his passing.
The idea of recasting T’Challa was quickly shot down by Feige, while Coogler left to refine his script. At that point, the release was moved from May 2022 to July 8.
Despite Boseman’s death, filming only jumped back three months to June 2021.
The film faced further complications, including Wright suffering a nascent injury, COVID restrictions, and Lupita Nyong’o testing positive for the virus.
Wakanda forever’The film’s theatrical release was again delayed to November 11, 2022.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now out on Disney+. Watch a trailer below.