Holy goosebumps!! Just a little over a month away until the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Disney just released the second trailer. I was already sold on it even from the first teaser, but there is a lot more footage here that gets me even more pumped for it!
With the immense success of the first Black Panther, both financially and critically, some might wonder just how would Ryan Coogler top that? As the only superhero movie ever nominated for Best Picture Oscar, the first movie is more than a cinematic achievement, it’s a global phenomenon. Well, just based on the trailers, I think Coogler is about to give us something worthy of feverish anticipation.
Surely it’s going to be an emotional film, with a poignant tribute to Chadwick Boseman‘s T’Challa… as the powerful African nation is mourning the loss of its king. The trailer music alone had me welling up, I better bring tissues to the screening.
‘Only the Most Broken People Can Be Great Leaders’
Four years after the first movie, it’s so good to see the returning cast members: Angela Bassett (queen Ramonda), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Letitia Wright (T’Challa’s sister princess Shuri), Winston Duke (M’Baku), and last but not least, Danai Gurira (Dora Milaje leader Okoye).
We’ve also got an introduction to a new world, the underwater kingdom of Talocan. So Avatar 2 won’t be the only movie boasting underwater scenes this year, and at least the footage from the trailer doesn’t make me cringe like Aquaman (which I still haven’t finished watching as it’s so bad!) We get some new footage I haven’t seen before featuring the powerful Talocan leader Namor (Tenoch Huerta), making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut. Check out those flappy ankle wings that enable him to give him a boost mid-flight and swim like a fish underwater, too!
The trailer teases an intense clash between Wakanda and Talocan, though Huerta himself has said his character isn’t exactly a villain. I suppose Erik Killmonger is more of a misunderstood antihero, and I appreciate that Coogler and his co-writer Joe Robert Cole make things more intricate when they paint in shades of grey. Regardless, Namor seems to be a pretty powerful adversary to the people of Wakanda.
Per his interview in EW, Coogler confirms that instead of ruling over Atlantis like in the comics, the Namor of Wakanda Forever hails from Talocan, created for the film and inspired by ancient Mayan culture. It’s a distinct nation with its own long history, but Coogler notes several key similarities between Talocan and Wakanda, describing both as a sort of “El Dorado” — an advanced civilization ‘hiding in plain sight.’
There’s also a new brilliant female inventor (Tony Stark’s protege?) called Riri Williams, aka Ironheart (Dominique Thorne). Perhaps as Shuri is joining forces with Ironheart, it enables her to embrace her destiny to follow in her late brother’s footsteps…
I don’t think it’s much of a mystery as to WHO the new Black Panther is. I mean Shuri is at the center of the new poster, though Nakia and Okoye would make fantastic heroines in their own right.
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Time to perfect the Wakanda Forever gesture once more…
What are your thoughts of WAKANDA FOREVER trailer?