Marvel has released the first teaser trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
That Trailer for the sequel to the hit 2018 film Black Panther was released during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.
In the clip, Chadwick Boseman’s character T’Challa/Black Panther made a brief appearance as a mural flashed while Angela Basset’s character, Queen Ramonda, delivered an emotional speech: “I am queen of the most powerful nation on earth and now my entire family is gone. Haven’t I given everything?”
Boseman died of colon cancer in August 2020 at the age of 43. The actor battled cancer privately for six years and was already ill when he made his first film.
Boseman’s absence brought Marvel fans to the attention of the theme of recasting the Wakandan King in the sequel. Some wished the role had been recast, feeling that there would be more stories to tell about T’Challa.
“A Black Panther film without Black Panther. I agree with everyone else, a rewrite should have happened. T’challa has way too many stories to tell. (Don’t give me that but in the last shot there was a panther for a second’),” one Twitter user wrote.
“If you’re really familiar with the comics, you know that T’Challa and Namor had so many meaningful stories that a rewrite should have happened. The next one might have this plot, but give us a T’Challa and Namor movie first,” another tweetedwhich refers to Tenoch Huerta’s character Namor, the king of a hidden underwater nation who will make his debut in Wakanda Forever.
“This looks promising, but they still did legitimate fans a disservice by not recasting T’Challa because he still had a story to tell and people to protect and a kingdom to lead and enemies to contend with.” had to ask. That was indeed a spit in the face [character creator Jack Kirby] and [writer-editor Stan Lee]”, a third user wrote.
But other fans expressed support for the company’s decision not to recast Boseman’s character. Some also pointed out that Black Panther is a cloak and not a character.
“I just feel like recasting a character whose face is already known to the MCU and whose actor has sadly passed away would feel wrong. Not saying there shouldn’t be another Black Panther, but having another T’Challa would feel less real than passing on the mantle,” one wrote.
“Black Panther isn’t just a person, it’s a coat that goes from person to person,” said another netizen commented.
“There are many stories to tell about Wakanda without T’Challa. The biggest loss is that without T’Challa there is no easy link to return the X-Men/Fantastic 4 to the MCU,” said another user wrote. “Wakanda is and should be the focus of the future franchise.”
According to People, in a synopsis of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the characters “must fight to protect their nation from invading world powers following the death of King T’Challa.”
“As the Wakanda race to begin their next chapter, with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman), the heroes must band together and forge a new path for the Kingdom of Wakanda,” it reads continued in the summary.
Bassett previously commented on the decision not to recast T’Challa in the sequel and Disney’s announcement that Black Panther 2 will focus on the other aspects of the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda.
“That’s interesting,” she told Entertainment Tonight in January 2021. “Well, I hadn’t thought about that idea, but of course it’s Wakanda and they’re as far ahead of the rest of the world in terms of technology as they could bring some of that with them.”
In addition to Bassett, Huerta, Nyong’o and Freeman, the upcoming film also stars Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba, Letitia Wright, Michaela Coel, Dominique Thorne, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11th.
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