Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is coming with a vengeance this November 11. In the hopes of matching, and even beating, their previous success with the first movie, Marvel is literally pulling out all the stops, including getting global superstar Rihanna to record an original track for the movie – her first solo song in six years.
After the death of Black Panther’s lead actor Chadwick Boseman in August 2020, the show’s creators were torn up about the creative direction they should take for the movie’s sequel. There was debate about whether they should recast Chadwick Boseman’s character T’Challa or simply return to the world with the news of T’Challa’s death.
For some time, it was starting to seem as if Marvel had forgotten its Black Panther franchise – and you can’t blame them, especially with the number of movies Marvel is working on all year round – but in 2021, the movie was well underway for the studio to release its working title. With many of its original stars returning, the movie wrapped filming this year in March in Puerto Rico. With a few days left to go until its official release in theaters, Marvel decided to release an epic teaser video to get fans excited to return to the world so brilliantly explored in the first movie.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Teaser Video Shows Wakanda Fighting For Survival
The movie opens with Wakanda still mourning the death of King T’Challa and under the impression that the rest of the world would want to come in and claim their land now that their warrior king is dead.
When a new underwater tribe is discovered, it is Shuri who warns that they are “dangerous”. Although a minor character in the first movie, fans can tell from the teaser trailer and the movie’s poster that Shuri (played by Letitia Wright) has become more prominent in this installment following the death of her brother, King T’Challa.
We then hear that “there is a new world power at play”, and the people of Wakanda prepare to protect their people, their land, and their legacy.
When Namor, an underwater leader with superhuman strength, comes “to the surface world” and threatens the future of Wakanda, the Wakandans refuse to acknowledge his authority. As always, futuristic technology is used by the Wakandans to try to fend off their enemies, but when it began to get harder to keep Namor and his soldiers at bay, the “black panther” has to be called upon again to protect the people. We then hear M’baku shout, “the black panther lives” before we see a new, and feminine looking Black Panther, rise.
Apart from the fact that the teaser was filled with action, another aspect of it that thrilled fans was the teaser’s soundtrack, which was mostly set to “Never Forget” by Zambian rapper Sampa the Great.
How Fans Reacted To The Teaser
You have got to give Marvel credit for the epic way they paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who lost his battle with Colon Cancer in August 2020, in the latest Black Panther installment. His death sent ripples into the world at the time, with the Black Panther fanbase feeling the loss more acutely. However, even though he won’t be making an appearance in Black Panther 2, his presence will certainly be felt.
A fan said of the teaser:
“THE BLACK PANTHER LIVES! It was a dialogue from Black Panther (2018) where Shuri says that to T’Challa. Hearing this again hits different.”
Many others agreed that the line gave them epic goosebumps, with one writing:
“‘The Black Panther Lives!’ Goosebumps into overdrive.”
In general, fans were excited about the movie, with some calling it “the best tribute to Chadwick Boseman.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will premiere in theaters starting November 11. Do you think the movie will be as epic as its trailer? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter, and check back with the Illuminerdi for more Marvel content like this, we’re always watching.