Marvel just dropped the trailer of its much-anticipated film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and it has taken the internet by storm. The sequel to the 2018s Black Panther, the upcoming movie continues on a storyline that honors the late actor Chadwick Boseman, depicting his departure from the movie’s narrative as T’Challa and the introduction of newer characters along with a new barrier of the Black Panther’s Vibranium mantle.
Although comic book nerds around the Web have already started crafting their theories as they playback the trailer a million times, this clip reveals the death of a significant character that might shock the fans. Ah, yes! The stuff’s about to get a lot more dark and gritty.
The trailer starts off with a funeral of the fallen king T’Challa while the citizens of Wakanda carry out their rituals. The scene cuts off to a young Namor painting a wall while a voice-over fills the background score, quoting, “Only the most broken people can be great leaders.”
The trailer picks up pace as we see Namor residing over his throne with a thump of his staff that carries the impact to the next scene, in which we see Okoye watching the Wakandan throne with tears in her eyes.
Next, we see Talocan warriors declaring open war on the land. M’Baku fills the narrative by highlighting how Namor’s people don’t call him general or king, instead, they call him K’uk’ulkan, the ‘feather-serpent God,’ and why killing him will risk eternal war.
A sequence of action montages, and we then see a brief introduction of Iron Heart (Riri Williams) and MCU’s newest Black Panther, who appears in the scene as the title card appears.
Watch the trailer of Black Panther: Wakanda here.
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If we playback the action scenes by a couple of seconds, a brief snippet of Namor and Queen Mother Ramonda reveals a major plot point that could drastically shift the entire movie’s narrative.
Not to be confused with another stand-off scene between the two characters, this scene, if observed closely, shows Queen standing behind a glass pane as Namor’s silhouette shows him throwing his weapon to kill the Queen. The Queen looks helpless in the scene as she’s just processing everything that happens instantly.
In the comics too, Namor has waged war against the nation of Wakanda several times. Suppose the scenes in the trailer are to be taken into consideration. In that case, the storyline hints at a reference to the Avengers Vs. The X-Men storyline in the comics in which Namor goes toe-to-to-toe against the earth’s mightiest heroes and other mutants. Accounting to the history between the two nations, Both Wakanda and Atlantis share a world of technological advancements and top-of-the-line military strength.
While Wakanda is the only country with abundant Vibranium, Atlantis had concerns regarding the surface dwellers that could potentially harm their mystical city. Namor, a half-human, half-Atlantian, thanks to his parents being human and Princess Fen, daughter of Emperor Thakorr of Atlantis, grew up hating the surface dwellers.
With a series of complicated politics between the two nations and the constant back and forth between peace-keeping and dark alliances that made the relationship bitter, the king of Atlantis and the rulers of Wakanda, be it the Queen mother Ramonda or T’Challa, have always tried to impose their dominance on the latter. Neither side would ever back down.
As the speculations regarding a new face to carry the Black Panther mantle forward happen to direct eyes on Shuri, fans can expect a plethora of new characters introduced in the MCU, while the anti-hero Namor-the submariner (as stated by Tenoch Huerta in a recent interview with Empire Magazine) takes on the powerful nation of Wakanda due to his own logical reasons.
It’ll be interesting to see how the director Ryan Coogler incorporates T’Challa’s death in the movie’s story arc since Marvel decided not to recast another actor for the role of Black Panther but to honor the legacy of Chadwich Boseman since his passing in August 2020.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases in theatres worldwide on November 11, 2022.
What do you think of the trailer of the movie? Do you think the Queen will really die? Feel free to share your theories in the comments! We’re quite sure some of us fans would exclaim ‘Hey Auntie..’ in the theatres when we see the Queen mother!