It has been a long wait. It’s been four years since Black Panther was released and we discovered the fictional country of Wakanda. The most developed country in the world (both technological and socially) welcomed us. And we got trapped in a revolutionary story, on and off the screen, which celebrated African cultures.
The MCU universe has changed.
However, many things have changed since the movie was released. Better said, the only certainty we had regarding Black Panther since it premiered in 2018 was that, eventually, there would be a sequel.
“There are ‘many’ more Black Panther stories to tell” affirmed the producer Kevin Feige four years ago. But apparently, choose which one to tell hasn’t been an easy task.
The original plan was no longer an option when in August 2020 the actor who played Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, died of colon cancer. After this terrible news, Marvel resolved not to recast the character of T’Challa (the King of Wakanda).
A new legacy arrives on November 11th.
This time, reality was based on fiction and, in the same way we witnessed how T’Challa found his identity as king in the first movie, Marvel had to re-examine its options and decide what type of message wanted to deliver to the world.
The sequel then became a tribute to the character, instead of an opportunity to replace the person. Feige confirmed last December that Black Panther: Wakada Forever would explore the legacy Boseman help to build.
Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Angela Basset will return to play their characters to pay tribute to the story Boseman led. On November 11th, Wakanda want to make history building its legacy. The countdown has started.