The first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ended with a glimpse of the title hero, but they were so obscured that all you could see was one leg and one clawed hand from behind. In this new trailer, we get a much better look. In the final shot, we see Black Panther drop from above and land in a classic superhero pose. The camera pans up to reveal an unmistakable female form hidden behind the costume and mask.
it’s been more than four years since Black Panther hit theaters, shattering box office records and becoming a global superhero smash. Now, Marvel is revisiting the powerful African nation with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the highly-anticipated sequel debuting Nov. 11.
Indeed as the release date creeps closer, plot details have largely been kept under wraps, with Marvel sharing a tantalizing teaser earlier this summer at San Diego Comic-Con. But the new Wakanda Forever trailer, released Monday, is the best look yet at Wakanda’s future — and how the nation is grappling with the loss of its king, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman, who died in 2020).
Google is back as the director and co-writer of Wakanda Forever, and EW caught up with him to break down some of the trailer’s biggest reveals. Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the sequel finds T’Challa’s beloved homeland grappling with its grief, while also navigating new threats.
The trailer reintroduces several familiar faces, adding Angela Bassett as the regal queen Ramonda, Lupita Nyong’o as the “war dog” spy Nakia, Letitia Wright as the brilliant princess Shuri, Winston Duke as the warrior M’Baku, and Danai Gurira as Dora Milaje leader Okoye.
After Boseman died, Marvel Studios declared that it would not recast the role of T’Challa. Instead, a new character would take up the Black Panther mantle. The trailer ends with a stunning look at the new Panther suit — but it doesn’t reveal the identity of its wearer. (One clue: The new Panther appears to be a woman.)
Coogler began outlining the sequel soon after the first Black Panther hit theaters in 2018, only to rework it after Boseman’s death. Returning without his friend and the lead actor was emotional, but he describes the filmmaking process as “cathartic” — especially as a way to connect with the many cast and crew members who were also grappling with grief.
Coogler explains”I had to find a way that I felt like I could keep going and a way that our Black Panther family could keep going.”I started to come up with a film that had elements of the film that we had just finished writing, but also applied the themes that the people who were hurting just as much as I could actually perform and execute and come out on the other side whole.”