As we eagerly await learning who puts on the Black Panther suit in the exclusive D23 celebration trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige assured fans that Chadwick Boseman's legacy would remain intact.
In an interview with Empire, the MCU head said that "it just felt like it was much too soon" to recast the character after the 43-year-old suddenly passed away due to colon cancer in 2020. "Stan Lee always said that Marvel represents the world outside your window. And we had talked about how, as extraordinary and fantastical as our characters and stories are, there’s a relatable and human element to everything we do," Feige continued. "The world is still processing the loss of Chad. And [director] Ryan [Coogler] poured that into the story."
The sentiment was shared at the D23 celebration (which is Disney Comic-Con, essentially) earlier this month when Ryan Coogler took the stage to debut a new trailer for the November film and memorialize the late Chadwick Boseman. "It was just an amazing experience and we absolutely looking forward to bringing it to you," Coogler said, according to a report from IGN. "Our heart Chadwick, he paved the way—he showed us the way—and we had to meet his level of excellence."
Unfortunately, the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer exclusively debuted to the crowd at D23, and has not yet been made available to the public yet. But we've got details! According to the IGN dispatch, there's a new shot of the mystery character who wore the Black Panther suit at the end of July's trailer—this time appearing in a snowy field. Elsewhere, there's another look at Dominique Thorne's Riri Williams/Ironheart and Winston Duke's M'baku, who apparently breaks his staff in battle. While we wait for the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer to be released to the public, here's everything else we know about the film so far.
Is There Another Trailer For Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?
Absolutely. We saw the first trailer for the film at Marvel's Comic-Con extravaganza, which went down in late July. After a dizzying swirl of Avengers news, group cooing at Baby Rocket Raccoon, and words from Marvel's slate of A-listers, Coogler spoke about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and the crowd fell silent. When Ryan Coogler talks, everyone listens.
Coogler told a loving story about his last time at Comic-Con, when he showed the first footage of 2018's Black Panther to a rapturous audience. Boseman sat next to him, gripping his arm so hard that it hurt. Coogler said that he could feel Boseman's hand, still, speaking to the crowd last night. To hear Coogler and Wakanda Forever's cast speak about Boseman and the 2018 Best Picture nominee would've been enough. Of course, though, given that Wakanda Forever is set for a November 11 release, Coogler treated fans to the film's first trailer.
Opening with a soft cover of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" that slowly morphs to Kendrick Lamar's "Alright," Wakanda Forever's preview seems to catch up with a nation in mourning. Now, we still don't know how Wakanda Forever will pay tribute to Boseman and T'Challa, but Coogler and company will surely treat the loss with the respect he deserves. In the preview, we briefly glimpse T'Challa's face etched on the side of a building. Letitia Wright's Shuri and Angela Bassett's Ramora appear devastated, with the latter tasked with healing Wakanda and its people.
Now, you know there has to be some obstacle in the mix, right? Meet Namor the Sub-Mariner, played by Tenoch Huerta. In the comic books, Namor is the King of Atlantis, gifted with just about every sea-related power you can think of. By the looks of the trailer, Atlantis and Wakanda will somehow be thrown into conflict with each other. We wouldn't call Namor and the Atlanteans villains, though. If Black Panther taught us anything, it's that Coogler can make you question the morality and motivations of two opposing sides. See: the way Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger criticized Wakanda for not helping those in need elsewhere in the world, despite its resources.
Elsewhere in the trailer, we glimpse Dominique Thorne's Riri Williams, who will appear in Black Panther en route to her solo series, Ironheart, on Disney+. Winston Duke's fan-favorite hero, Mbaku, also pops up several times in the trailer, looking like he'll play a significant role in the battle against the Atlanteans. Guess we'll find out in November.
This article was first published on Esquire.