Just knowing that Blank Panther 2 is coming out and will soon be on our televisions is exhilarating. Ever since the release of Black Panther in 2018, fans have been anticipating a sequel. Sadly, in the summer of 2020, fans and the entire entertainment industry were thrown into shock by the passing of the movie’s lead star, Chadwick Boseman, following his personal fight with cancer, bringing a somber halt to the anticipation of Blank Panther 2.
The sequel was announced in 2019 with heightened anticipations across the globe. But saddened by the sudden death of Boseman, there were a lot of concerns regards what would happen to the ground-breaking role that Boseman played. Marvel, however, affirmed, months after his death that the Black Panther sequel will continue in a way that respects the late actor’s legacy.
Here’s everything you need to know so far about the sequel
The 2 minutes Trailer is a heartfelt tribute to Chadwick Boseman’s performance as T’Challa.
The newly released trailer moves between shots of Wakanda’s aquatic settings, futuristic technology, and what appears to be a funeral with crowds of Wakandans clad in white while using the lyrical motif of “We gonna be alright” from Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.”
Numerous allusions to Boseman Chadwick and his illustrious character would be seen throughout the movie. One of these is a big work of street art depicting the late King T’Challa keeping an eye on his subjects from the afterlife.
Boseman’s Role as Tchalla Won’t Be Recast or Replaced
The absence of Chadwick Boseman is palpable in the two-minute teaser; the T’Challa actor died in August 2020, and his character has not been recast.
After his demise, Disney announced on Twitter saying, “Honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy & portrayal of T’Challa, @MarvelStudios will not recast the character, but will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film.”
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, emphasized this further by stating that “a CG Chadwick” will not appear in the movie.
In an interview with Deadline, Feige said, “So much of the comics and that first movie is the world of Wakanda. Wakanda is a place to further explore with characters and different subcultures. This was always and initially the primary focus of the next story. We’re not going to have a CG Chadwick and we’re not recasting T’Challa. Ryan Coogler is working very hard right now on the script with all the respect and love and genius that he has, which gives us great solace, so it was always about furthering the mythology and the inspiration of Wakanda. There’s also the task of honoring and respecting the ongoing learnings and teachings from Chad as well.”
In the movie, as depicted in the trailer, Wakanda only tries to adjust to life without him, but there’s a glimpse of someone else in the Black Panther suit. Who could that be?
Director Ryan Coogler makes a comeback in this Sequel
The Black Panther sequel is “being written and directed” by Coogler, according to Disney’s statement from December 2020. While discussing his role in this sequel in an interview with IndieWire, Coogler said, “When it comes to making a sequel, I’ve never done it before, a sequel to something that I’ve directed myself. So I think there’s going to be a lot of pressure there, but what we’re going to try to do is just focus on the work, like we always do.”
Well, one can only expect delivery of epic adventures from the director as projected in the trailer, albeit a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman.
There is an Impactful Cast of the Old Characters and New Ones Too
Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, Winston Duke as M’Baku, and Martin Freeman as CIA Agent, Everett K. Ross are all anticipated to return, though the cast has not yet been announced.
According to sources, Michaela Coel makes her MCU debut as Aneka, however, details regarding her character are still being kept under wraps. Tenoch Huerta, a star of Narcos, is apparently joining the movie as an adversary, though specifics of his part are also unknown.
Ironheart, also known as Riri Williams, is a superhero who will make her debut in Black Panther before starring in her own Disney Solo series, according to an interview with Kevin Feige that was published on Comicbook.com.
Notably and according to Hollywood Reporter, Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya won’t appear in the upcoming sequel because of scheduling issues with the upcoming Jordan Peele thriller, Nope.
Back in May, Letitia Wright, who has been cast as Tchalla’s sister, Tsuri, said in an interview with Variety that the new movie is “an incredible honor” to the late actor.
“We honored him by committing ourselves to the story that he started, the legacy that he started with this franchise,” Wright told Variety. “And we just committed every day to working hard, no matter what circumstances we faced — and we faced a lot of circumstances, a lot of difficult situations — but we came together as a team, and we poured everything into this movie, so I’m excited for you to see it.”
Letitia is reportedly taking up the role of the sequel’s titular superhero but we are not sure about this yet.
Official Title and Release Date of Black Panther 2
In a trailer for upcoming MCU movie properties, Marvel confirmed that the sequel’s official name will be Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. On November 11, 2022, Black Panther 2 is anticipated to open in theaters, making it a top holiday blockbuster. We simply can’t wait any longer. Wakanda Forever!
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