Highly anticipated Marvel Studios movie, ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ is set to hit the cinemas on November 11.
The trailer opens interestingly with a mashup cover of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ by talented Nigerian songstress Temilade Openiyi, aka Tems, setting the stage for an emotional sequel.
This feat comes on the heels of the singer’s double win at the recently concluded BET Awards.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the movie will be the Black Panther’s first appearance following the death of its lead actor, Chadwick Boseman in 2020. Boseman, who played lead T’Challa, died in August 2020 after a private, four-year battle with colon cancer.
Coogler, who also helmed the first ‘Black Panther’, reflected on the death of the film’s former star.
“It’s going to be hard to follow that up, but we’ll try. It’s been five years since I was here. I sat about there and we premiered the first footage from ‘Black Panther 1,’ and sitting next to me was our T’Challa, the late great Chadwick Boseman,” he said.
He also shared that Boseman was squeezing the director’s shoulder while watching the first footage. “I promise you, I can feel his hand on me right now.”
Coogler however offered some information on the sequel, saying “it goes to new places in Wakanda that we haven’t seen before and it goes to new places in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
In the sequel, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), 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.
Plans for ‘Black Panther 2’ began soon after the release of the first film in 2018. Boseman’s untimely death and the subsequent decision by the film producers not to recast T’Challa delayed production and forced Cooler to rework the script.