Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever has its first teaser – after being unveiled during a panel at San-Diego Comic Con 2022. The follow-up to the 2018 film will not feature the late Chadwick Boseman, who tragically passed away in August 2020, and the character will not be recast for the sequel. However, in the final moments of the teaser, someone off-camera can be seen in the Black Panther suit – and the iconic claws are brandished – suggesting somebody else will assume the mantle of the iconic hero.
The main cast from the first film will return for the sequel – including Letitia Wright as T’Challa’s sister Shuri. She’ll be joined by Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Ramonda (Angela Bassett), and S.H.I.E.L.D agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman).
However – there is one notable absence, as Daniel Kaluuya recently confirmed that he would not return for the sequel – citing scheduling conflicts with Jordan Peele’s upcoming sci-fi horror flick, Nope. Newcomers to the sequel include Riri Williams, known by the moniker Ironheart (Dominique Thorne), and Namor (Tenoch Huerta), who’ll also star as the film’s main antagonist.
Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You), Mabel Cadena (Dance of the 41), and Alex Livanalli (Ozark) will further star in the film. Ryan Coogler – who directed Black Panther – will return to write and direct the sequel alongside Joe Robert Cole.
According to the official synopsis from Marvel, Wakanda will “fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. Kevin Feige confirmed on the panel that Wakanda Forever will also serve as the final film in Phase 4. Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania will be released on February 17, 2023 – and serve as the launching point for Phase 5.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is expected to debut in cinemas on November 11, 2022. For all future Marvel updates – including details of the upcoming Daredevil revival series – stay tuned with FlickLuster.