Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Debuts Emotional First Trailer After Chadwick Boseman Death
Black Panther is back! On Saturday, Marvel debuted the first teaser trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, a sequel to the smash-hit 2018 film, which starred the late Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero.
A synopsis of the film states that the characters “must fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.”
“As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda,” the synopsis continues.
Music to accompany the powerful footage first shared during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, begins with a cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and concludes to the tune of Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.”
Lupita Nyong’o’s character is the first on-screen, followed by appearances from Letitia Wright in an all-white outfit and later in tearful scenes on the beach.
Boseman’s character T’Challa is seen in the trailer as a mural flashes up during while Angela Basset’s character Queen Ramonda delivers an emotional speech: “I am queen of the most powerful nation in the world and now my entire family is gone. Have I not given everything?”
Tenoch Huerta debuts as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation, in the film. One character’s pregnant belly underwater teases follow-up footage that features a baby in Wakanda.
I May Destroy You‘s Michaela Coel is also seen preparing for battle in the trailer released Saturday. The upcoming movie also stars Dominique Thorne, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli.
Feige told Variety in June 2021 that the start of production on the film (which is written and directed once more by the first film’s director Ryan Coogler) was “very emotional without” Boseman, who died in August 2020 at the age of 43 after a private battle with colon cancer.
“But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans,” Feige said during a Black Widow Global Fan Event in Los Angeles, according to Variety.
“We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”