Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s first trailer arrived on Saturday evening as Kevin Feige laid out plans for the MCU’s future. Within 24 hours, the trailer racked up over 172 million views, making it one of the biggest trailers of the entire franchise. There was a lot of buzz around Black Panther in 2018, but the new trailer pulled in almost double the views of the original film in the same period. While there are a number of big ensemble movies that have pulled in more, and the unprecedented view count of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s volume sits just behind Avengers: Infinity War, which had 179 million in its first day.
The Black Panther sequel has now been revealed as not only the continuation of the franchise within the MCU, but also as the final release of Phase 4 of the MCU. With the additional emotional pull of the real-life passing of star Chadwick Boseman, the movie has been described as an outpouring of love for the late actor, and that has more than come across in the trailer, which shows the Wakandan population grieving the death of their leader T’Challa aka Black Panther. The official synopsis released for the movie reads:
“In Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Brings Phase 4 to an Emotional Close
There is no way to get around the fact that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a different movie from the one that would have been made if Chadwick Boseman had not passed away in 2020. However, as there was no way around the tragic event, and with Kevin Feige making it clear very quickly that the role of T’Challa would not be recast, there will be a new Black Panther, but there will only ever be one T’Challa. Speaking about the movie during Marvel’s SDCC panel, director Ryan Coogler said:
“Chad’s passion and genius and his culture and the impact he made on this industry will be felt forever. We put our love for Chadwick into this film. We also put our passion. This film has a ton of action and humor. It’s also a roller coaster of a movie. It goes not only to new places in Wakanda that we’ve never been before but other corners of the MCU.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released in cinemas on November 11, 2022, at the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4.