Chills. In a word, that’s the first teaser trailer for the long-awaited Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Driven by the lingering spirit of the late Chadwick Boseman (star of Black Panther), this first look at Wakanda Forever is a mesmerizing presentation that is epic in scope (fitting for the sequel to Marvel Studios’ crowning achievement).
Rather than unpacking the plot, returning director Ryan Coogler‘s trailer gives us a stirring montage of breathtaking imagery, filled with power and emotion, fueled by Kendrick Lamar‘s track “We gonna be alright.”
But everything isn’t alright in Wakanda.
Not only has T’Challa passed (as was Marvel’s choice, opting to go that route instead of re-casting the role that Boseman made iconic), but as Angela Bassett‘s Ramonda proclaims through a grieving declaration, “I am Queen of the most powerful nation in the world, and my entire family is gone.”
The story’s main villain is also seen: Namor, a.k.a. Sub-Mariner, played by Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta. He’s one of several new additions to the ensemble, along with nearly the full Black Panther cast returning as well (save for Daniel Kaluuya, whose shooting schedule for Nope conflicted with this production).
Also announced: a preview album of new music titled “Wakanda Forever: Prologue.” It’s available to purchase and stream on July 25, 2022.
In remarks given at Comic-Con where the teaser debuted, Coogler gave an emotional tribute to Boseman, saying, ““I promise you, I can feel his hand on me right now.”
Billed as the end of the MCU’s Phase 4, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens on November 11, 2022.