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2022 has been a big year for superhero movies from all your favorite franchises, but one of the year’s most anticipated releases has to be Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to one of Marvel’s best-selling films of all time. The new movie will be coming to theaters next month, but will it be as good as the first one? Read on below for everything we know about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever so far.
Honoring Chadwick Boseman
After Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther, died from cancer in August 2020, it was uncertain whether the franchise would be continued with a sequel. At one point that fall, Marvel stated that they wouldn’t be recasting Boseman’s character King T’Challa, but would instead dive deeper into Wakanda and its story.
As official trailers and casting decisions from the new movie have been released, it’s clear that Marvel has chosen to stick with this commitment. The cast and crew of the movie believe that they are honoring Boseman by continuing with the franchise. Angela Bassett, who plays T’Challa’s mother, Queen Ramonda, in the films, said, “Chadwick, he knew exactly what this story, what these images meant to the world.”
Returning cast members
Although Black Panther: Wakanda Forever won’t be quite the same without Boseman, there are still plenty of returning cast members you know and love from the first movie. Some notable returning characters include Letitia Wright’s Shuri, Danai Gurira’s Okoye, Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, and Martin Freeman’s Everett K. Ross. Some leaks and speculations even predict that there may be a surprise cameo from Michael B. Jordan, who played Erik Killmonger in the first film.
The production team involved with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has been pretty secretive about details of the plot so far, but the general premise seems to be the people and kingdom of Wakanda trying to protect their nation after the death of King T’Challa.
One threat to Wakanda that will surface in the new film is King Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta, and his nation known as Talokan. This ancient civilization of people who live in a hidden underwater kingdom is sure to present interesting challenges for the now-fractured government of Wakanda to deal with.
When can you watch Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?
The new film is slated for release in theaters on November 11 and should be met with impressive box office sales, considering the first Black Panther movie is the sixth best-selling superhero movie of all time. It’s possible that sales will be negatively affected by the absence of Chadwick Boseman from the film, as his performance was one of the major factors that made the last movie so popular.
Disney and Marvel have not yet announced when Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be coming to streaming services, but based on past trends, it seems likely that it’ll come to Disney+ at the end of December or in January 2023. As with many other Disney productions, this movie will most likely be available for streaming exclusively on Disney+.