Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is not just another Marvel sequel film—it represents much more than that now. The film is about four years in the making, as initial plans for a Black Panther sequel began in 2018. Chadwick Boseman's death in August 2020 of colon cancer changed the plans for the sequel, with director Ryan Coogler deciding not to recast the role of T'Challa. Instead, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will dive deep into Wakanda, exploring the country as a whole and highlighting the other characters in the film.
Everything We Know So Far About "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"
Does "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" Have a Release Date?
The movie is currently set to be released on November 11, 2022, as filming just recently resumed in January after a bit of a hiatus. Back in August of 2021, Letitia Wright was injured on set during a stunt, which resulted in her fracturing her shoulder and getting a concussion. Her recovery ended up being much longer than expected, halting filming from November to January. Due to this, the movie's release was pushed back to November of 2022, as it had originally been slated for July 8, 2022.
Who Will Star in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"?
The bulk of the cast of Black Panther will be returning for its sequel, though it's still unclear whether or not Michael B. Jordan will be returning as Erik Killmonger, given that we were to believe he was killed at the end the film. Jordan himself has been fairly quiet on the subject, though he expressed interest in being a part of it, regardless of whether his character was supposedly dead. Being that it's a Marvel film, practically anything is possible when it comes to the living statuses of characters.
Wright will be taking on a much larger role this time around, reprising her role as Shuri, T'Challa's sister. Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, and Winston Duke are just a few of the cast members who will be returning to their former roles. Additionally, Michaela Coel has been cast as Aneka, who is rumored to be a combat instructor. Becky Lynch has also joined the team in a currently unnamed role, as well as Tenoch Huerta.
How Will They Honor Chadwick Boseman?
As of November of 2020, the writers and Coogler were still figuring out the best ways to honor Boseman, as he became such an icon in his role as the Black Panther. Shuri will definitely play a major role in honoring Boseman, as she and T'Challa shared an unbreakable bond as brother and sister. There's also a ton more to explore about Shuri herself, an insanely smart inventor who can create basically anything using technology. Through that, it might reveal more about T'Challa, perhaps revisiting a few flashbacks of their childhood together.
While it has already been established that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will focus on Wakanda itself as opposed to focusing on one specific person within it, quite a few rumors are going around about just what that will entail. For one, it's the idea that if Jordan comes back as Killmonger, he'll take on a different role, like pursuing work as a mentor to someone new to Wakanda. We're not sure yet who this person could be or if they'll take on a role as a younger hero-in-the-making, similar to T'Challa.
With the focus being on Wakanda, we're bound to see more of the country itself and what occurs daily. Through that, we'll be introduced to new characters, including that Coel, Lynch, and Huerta. There has also been a rumored appearance of Ironheart, who will be portrayed by Dominque Thorne. She's set to play the character in her own spin-off series, but since the series hasn't been given a release date yet, there's a fair chance that Ironheart's first live appearance will be in Wakanda Forever. Anthony Ramos was also recently announced to be playing a major role in the series, which means that we could be seeing his first entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well.
The cast had been filming at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Given that it's where Wright suffered her injuries, there's a fair chance there could be an arc about her going further in her studies of technology. This could also lean into the fact that Shuri will be taking on a much larger role in the film, though it's unlikely that she'll become the new Black Panther. As action scenes were also shot at the campus, time will only tell if it ends up being a study-related journey or a specific mission—or both.
We've still got quite a long way to go before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases, but as it continues filming over the next few months, we're bound to get a few crumbs of details here and there as we patiently wait.