Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is headed our way, and many of us firmly believe it will be the best movie Phase 4 has to offer us. But we’ve had plenty of questions about what happened in Wakanda between Infinity War and Endgame? Who took the throne while T’Challa was gone? What happened between the Jabbari Tribe and Wakanda? Well, we seem to have got all these answers from the trailer released at comic con.
Initially, many people presumed that M’Baku must have sat on the Wakandan throne after T’Challa was blipped. After T’Challa, no one would have been able to defeat him in ritual combat. But when he showed up in Endgame’s battle, he wore his usual Jabbari attire while T’Challa led the army. So, he wasn’t the one to take the throne. Instead, Queen Ramonda must have survived the snap and sat on the throne just like she is sitting on it now after T’Challa’s demise.
Meanwhile, the relations between the Jabbari Tribe and Wakanda became healthier. Wakanda opened up to the world and welcomed the Jabbari people. And here’s what M’Baku actor Winston Duke had to say about what happened behind the scenes in an interview with Collider:
“I think the events of Infinity War’and Endgame really showed that the Jabari are now full-fledged members of Wakanda. M’Baku was a part of every single conflict; every event, and I don’t think they could really exist in isolation anymore. They have open borders, and we saw that M’Baku was really Wakandan. His entire community has expanded.”
“Now we get to see how he figures out a brand-new world for Wakanda; a brand-new world like we’ve had to experience. A world post-COVID; a world post-pandemic or mid-pandemic. Much like us, he’s going through a lot of the same things and figuring out how to move forward. This movie really deals and dives into that a lot.”
Now that T’Challa is genuinely gone and Wakanda is in dire need of a loyal and powerful leader, rumors suggest that Shuri will give the mantle of Black Panther to M’Baku along with the Wakandan Throne. She isn’t ready for the throne, and Queen Ramonda may not survive Wakanda Forever. So, M’Baku might be getting a considerable role to play as the future Black Panther. He will lead the Wakandans and the Jabbari forward into Secret Wars and Black Panther 3.
Would you like to see M’Baku become the 4th onscreen king of Wakanda and the new Black Panther after T’Challa and Shuri? Let us know in the comments.