Marvel’s, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, has to be one of the most awaited sequels of the year, which had been announced back in 2018. However, after the tragic loss of lead actor Chadwick Boseman, due to colon cancer, many fans were left wondering how the franchise will continue without him.
Marvel stated that Boseman would not be replaced with another actor during Disney’s Investor Day event in December 2020, and acknowledged his tragic demise. “To honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film,” said Marvel President Kevin Feige.
Marvel producer Nate Moore, who worked on the first Black Panther, reflected on the decision not to recast for the sequel during an appearance on the podcast The Ringer-Verse. “I’m being quite honest. You will not see T’Challa in the MCU 616 universe,” he said. “We couldn’t do it.”
On May 3, 2021, Marvel finally announced the film’s official release date and title.
In the month of June, of the same year, the production work began in Atlanta. While shooting, the production had to go on hiatus once due to an on-set accident. The accident took place in August 2021, Letitia Wright suffered a shoulder fracture and concussion. The shooting was halted until January 2022.
The movie was initially set to release on July 8, 2022, but due to the delay in shooting it has been moved up.
The sequel will be the first time we’ve seen Wakanda since Chadwick Boseman’s demise in August 2020. Everyone involved in the production is working hard to make sure it pays honor to the late actor.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Release Date
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to release in theaters on November 11, 2022.
“We are thrilled to share Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with the world, confidence that the challenges that we have overcome together as a team will make the film even more impactful,” Feige, Moore, and D’Esposito said in a note to cast and crew.
Marvel hasn’t revealed any actual scenes from the film, hence, there is no trailer yet.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Plot
“It was very emotional to read the script,” Winston Duke told Collider in July 2021. “It was emotional to pack to go back to set. But we’re all a bit of a family now and we grieve together, and we’re making something really special,” he added.
While we don’t have any definite storyline details yet, Production Weekly has uncovered some material that suggests the film will revolve around a war between Wakanda and Atlantis.
“Both Wakanda and Atlantis are hidden civilizations with advanced technology and increased militaristic abilities that decided to separate themselves from the rest of the world for their own safety, and in a way, out of fear. Wakanda feared that their technology would be abused. Atlantis feared that surface dwellers would come and desecrate the mythical city just as they did so many years ago. And yet their fears escalate even further when these two once-hidden nations clash with each other. Wakanda and Atlantis have a shockingly intertwined history. Wakanda is the only county in the world with access to vibranium. However, rumors of its power spread throughout the world, and Namor’s human father was sent searching for this rare material in Antarctic.”