Marvel Studios has released the newest trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It’s a sequel that promises to be one of the most exciting and also most emotional as it respectfully addresses the tragic loss of the beloved King T’Challa, played Chadwick Boseman, who sadly died of cancer in 2020. But rather than recast the role, Marvel decided to pass on the title of Black Panther to a different character, one that has yet to be revealed to the world.
While the trailer expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe, giving us more glimpses of a Wakanda we did not see in any of the films that came before, we also get to see more of Tenoch Huerta‘s Namor, who appears to be more of an antagonist trying to protect his kingdom from the threat of surface dwellers. Additionally, M’Baku (Winston Duke) tells the story of Namor, also known as Kukulkan, the feathered serpent god. This little bit of storytelling plays a pivotal role in the representation as the film pulls from Mayan and Aztec mythology.
But we also get to see some sneak peeks of Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) forging her own Iron Man-inspired suit to become Ironheart. Of course, this is only a small introduction as the character will later appear in an Ironheart series set to stream exclusively on Disney+ later next year.
Of course, one of the biggest questions in the film is who is the new Black Panther. Marvel Studios is playing this close to the chest by not revealing that identity. However, the final shot does reveal that Wakanda’s greatest protector could be a woman. And if we were to follow royal blood line rules, it only makes sense that it’s Shuri (Letitia Wright). Considering that we overhear Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) tell someone, off screen, to show them who we are, it is safe to assume that it is someone really close to the family. But that is just speculation on my part.
Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba, Lupita Nyong’o, and Martin Freeman also star.
Directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens in theaters on November 11, 2022.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever:
In the film, 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.Introducing Tenoch Huerta as Namor, king of Talokan, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.
2 thoughts on “Namor Makes a Grand Entrance in the ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Trailer”
The trailer made me uncomfortable.
I don’t like seeing Black and Brown pitted against each other by Hollywood. Especially in this age when some Latinos are trying to run with White supremacist groups I felt as though this was reckless imagery.
In my city there’s tension between Black and Brown and I don’t want this film to feed it among children.
I wish people weren’t so brainwashed or responsive to media socialization.
That aside, the imagery of Namor underwater looking like an Ancient Mexican was powerful and made me smile. It was beautiful.
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