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What to expect from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Marvel’s highly anticipated sequel to the 2018 film Black Panther is releasing in theatres this Friday. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the final film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4.

What to expect from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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  • Nikhil Kumar

Last Updated: 12.06 PM, Nov 10, 2022

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Marvel’s highly anticipated sequel to the 2018 film Black Panther is releasing in theatres this Friday. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the final film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4. So for today’s List hai toh hit hai podcast we take a look at what to expect from the film. Lets get going.

Chadwick Boseman’s death and the next Black Panther

The late Chadwick Boseman essayed the lead role as the Wakandan King T'Challa aka Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before his tragic passing in 2020. Marvel Studios decided not to recast the role and reworked the script with a different story. It is unclear who will take over the mantle of Black Panther, but T'Challa’s sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, is a likely candidate considering Shuri has donned the iconic Black Panther suit in the comics. There is also speculation that Winston Duke’s character M’Baku could become the next Black Panther.

Wakanda goes global

At the beginning of the 2018 film, Wakanda is depicted as a scientifically and culturally advanced nation detached, secluded, and largely unknown to the outside world. But by the end of the film, Wakanda decides to open its borders to the outside world and help the planet. This is again touched upon in Avengers: Endgame when the Wakandans fight alongside the Avengers to defeat Thanos. The new film will further explore the idea of Wakanda going global.

The curious case of Daniel Kaluuya’s return

Actor Daniel Kaluuya’s character, W’Kabi has a complex arc in the first film. The former close friend of T’Challa and leader of the Border Tribe had an unresolved ending in the 2018 film. Fans hoping for Kaluuya’s return could be disappointed as he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with Jordan Peele’s 2022 film Nope. However, a surprise cameo is still a possibility.

Namor the submariner

The Marvel comics anti-hero Namor the Submariner is confirmed to play an important role in the film. The comparisons between DC’s Aquaman is inevitable but unlike DC’s Atlantean King of the seven seas, Namor is an anti-hero who is extremely hostile towards the surface-dwellers. And in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever he is positioned as an antagonist. It is safe to say that the character essayed by Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta is highly complex.

Cameos and new faces

It has been confirmed that Judas and the Black Messiah star Dominique Thorne will make her first appearance in the MCU as Riri Williams aka Ironheart. The genius inventor who creates a new version of the Iron Man suit will be possibly seen as an MIT student in the film. This also opens the door for a cameo from MJ and Ned after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, who happen to be students at MIT. But fans are hoping for an even bigger cameo in the form of the iconic X-Men character Ororo Munroe aka Storm. Considering the MCU has slowly begun introducing mutants and the fact that Storm was once married to T’Challa in the comics, this theory may not be too far-fetched.

Okoye spin-off series

Black Panther has featured some incredible female characters played by equally incredible actresses. Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda and Lupita Nyong'o as Naki are undoubtedly stand-out names, but Danai Gurira’s Okoye is the most popular and prominent female character from the Black Panther franchise. So it should come as no surprise that Disney+ has greenlit a spin-off series focusing on Okoye’s origin story. The director of both films, Ryan Coogler, will be developing the series for Disney+.

Well that's the List hai toh hit hai episode for today, until the next one it's your host Nikhil signing out.

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