Black Panther 2 has been in the works for a long time. Ryan Coogler is returning as the writer and director. Detailed information has not been revealed yet about the film. The narrative has been reworked following the untimely and tragic death of Chadwick Boseman. But Marvel Studios has confirmed the title of the film. It will be officially called Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The title is completely perfect for various reasons.
The sequel will be a nod to the salute used by the citizens of Wakanda. The salute became popular mainly after the release of 2018’s Black Panther. It involves hands curled into fists and arms crossed over one’s chest. The gesture was used as a greeting by Wakandans and was a symbol of utmost respect. Avengers: Infinity War showed us that it is Wakanda’s war cry as well. The phrase signifies longevity. It also denotes Black excellence and pride.
The phrase became popular on social media when Black Panther was released in theaters. Even today, it remains a symbol that means more than what it did before. The title is a reference to the gesture. The title of the sequel speaks of the lasting impact and power of the first film. People understand what the salute means even if the phrase ‘Wakanda Forever’ is not said by anyone. The first part made history as a film and an individual character whose effects cannot be overstated.
According to the synopsis released by Marvel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will revisit the nation introduced in Captain America: Civil War. It was later also shown in Black Panther. The official synopsis says:
“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, who was behind Black Panther, the film will be released on July 8, 2022.”
It has been confirmed that the role of T’Challa won’t be recast or brought back through CGI. The sequel will instead seek to honor the late actor. The release of the synopsis is a good way to increase the excitement for the sequel. Information related to the plot might become available when actors and creatives will start to discuss more about the film.
Actor Lupita Nyong’o grew close to Boseman while filming the first one. She will be returning for the sequel as well. She recently stated that director Coogler has managed to rework the story really well. She said:
“We have a leader in Ryan, who feels very much like we do, who feels the loss in a very, very real way as well. And his idea, the way which he has reshaped the second movie is so respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world. So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this. And hopefully, what I do look forward to, is getting back together and honoring what he started with us and holding his light through it. Because he left us a lot of light that we’re still going to be bathing in. I know that for sure.”
In the absence of T’Challa, it is obvious that the sequel will explore the characters of Shuri, Nakia, Okoye, and M’Baku even further. The return of Killmonger is also possible. The title says that the sequel will further explore the world of Wakanda. Looking at how the first film set up the rich world where T’Challa and his family reside, there are multiple stories to be told. There are various new and old characters left to be discovered. Overall, Wakanda will surely live on.
Obviously, watching Black Panther sequel without Chadwick Boseman will be a bittersweet experience. People working in the movie have made it clear that the sequel will celebrate the legacies of Boseman and his character. Now let’s hope that the sequel can serve as a wonderful celebration of the late actor and his role in MCU, and also exploring the other Black Panther characters that were loved by the audiences throughout Phase 3.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives on July 8, 2022. Besides that, MCU’s upcoming roster includes Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, The Marvels, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Fantastic Four, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Deadpool 3, and Blade. We’ve also got several MCU shows for Disney Plus including Loki, What if…?, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Secret Invasion, Ironheart, I am Groot, Armor Wars, Echo, and Wakanda.