‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Trailer Pays Emotional Tribute To Chadwick Boseman
It's the 'No woman, no cry' cover dropping into 'alright' by Kendrick for me.
Over the weekend the trailer for the long-awaited Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiered at SDCC and it’s emotional.
It will be 2 years next month since the tragic passing of the MCU’s Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman. In the first teaser trailer for the Black Panther sequel, it’s clear the film will pay an emotional tribute to Boseman and his character T’challa.
During one of the weekend panels at San Diego Comic-Con, director Ryan Coogler explained how Boseman’s legacy would be integral to the film.
“His passion, his genius, his pride, and his culture and the impact that he made on this industry will be felt forever. And we put our love for Chadwick into this film but we also put our passion, this film has a ton of action, it has humour, it’s a rollercoaster of a movie,” said Coogler.
Back in 2020, Marvel Studios said that T’challa would not be recast. While confirmed details on who will take up the MCU’s Black Panther mantle are scarce, it’s believed that T’challa’s sister, Shuri (played by Letitia Wright) will fill her late brother’s shoes.
As for the trailer itself? It teases a masterpiece. The music alone is incredible, featuring a slowly building cover of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’ that eventually gives way to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘alright’.
From a mural of T’challa’s face to the grief in the faces of each returning character, the loss of T’challa and Boseman is everywhere. T’challa and Shuri’s mother, Queen Ramonda (Angela Basset) sits on Wakanda’s throne. She cries, “I am the queen of the most powerful nation in the world! My entire family is gone. Have I not given everything?!”
We also glimpse MCU newcomers Michaela Coel as Aneka, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams aka Iron Heart, and Tenoch Huerta as new antagonist Namor. But there are plenty of familiar faces there too, including Shuri (Letitia Wright), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), and Okoye (Danai Gurira).
The film is due out in November 2022.
Watch the trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever below.