Another Marvel actor who was spotted on set was Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s Anthony Mackie – however, he has confirmed that he is not in the film but merely visiting the set. This could, of course, be an elaborate ruse a la the reunion of the Spider-Men. Only time will tell.
Behind the scenes, Ryan Coogler is returning to write and direct Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and he’s bringing back the original creative cast.
Black Panther 2 plot: What’s Black Panther Wakanda Forever about?
Now that we know for sure that the role of T’Challa will not be recast, the focus of the sequel will have had to change, and all we officially know is that it will continue to explore the world of Wakanda and beyond.
Along with the first trailer, we got our first official plot synopsis. “Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death,” it reads.
“As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia and Everett Ross and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.”
It had previously been confirmed that Wakanda Forever would feature the auatic villain Namor, thanks to early plot details from Production Weekly.
“Both Wakanda and Atlantis are hidden civilisations with advanced technology and increased militaristic abilities that decided to separate themselves from the rest of the world for their own safety, and in a way, out of fear,” the details read.
Kevin Feige had hinted that he wanted to explore more of Wakandan history in the sequel, so we could expect to see some historical flashbacks to explore how Wakanda became the place we saw in the first movie.
“Towards the end of the movie, T’Challa takes the herb again and encounters his father, where he’s like, ‘Hey, man. We’ve kind of screwed up, and I want to change it’,” he told Entertainment Weekly way back in March 2019.
“There’s that moment where all of the ancestors come behind T’Chaka. We would joke and go, ‘I want to see… what’s their story? What’s that story? Who was Bashenga, the first king of Wakanda? Who’s that third to the left, behind T’Chaka? What was their story in Wakanda in 1938? That would be cool’.”
But can Angela Bassett reveal any plot points?
“Not one single thing,” the star told Cinema Blend. “There will be a Black Panther 2; look for it in November. And it will be amazing. Our director Ryan Coogler, writer, director, perfect leader. It’s going to be amazing. It’s going to top #1.”
Martin Freeman can’t give specifics either, but he does have an interesting perspective about how the script (tragically) evolved. “Just before Chadwick died, if my memory serves correctly, the script had gone in,” he told Collider.
“They had the script, and they were working on the script, and then Chadwick died, and [I] sort of immediately thought, ‘Oh, okay, I could see a world where there’s no Black Panther then, because how can you do a Black Panther without Black Panther?’
“So, I still don’t know what that’s going to look like. And no, obviously, before Chad died, the idea of doing it without him would have been a stupid idea. It would have been crazy. It was very shocking, and still is very, very strange, that he is not here.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set for release on November 11. Black Panther is available to watch on Disney+