Black Panther 2 will be called Wakanda Forever and is out July 2022

Chadwick Boseman’s death left so many of us shocked and heartbroken. Black Panther fans wondered how Marvel would handle the sequel and many vowed not to watch it because Chadwick can’t be replaced. It’s unknown what the Black Panther sequel will cover, but we know there will be a Black Panther 2. Monday, Marvel announced Phase 4 in a three minute long promo trailer. The trailer included the release dates of Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi and The Marvels. Marvel also dropped that Black Panther 2 will be released in July 2022 and will be called Wakanda Forever. It would seem that the movie will be focused on Wakanda as a whole. However, if Marvel decides to follow the comics, Shuri will take up the mantle of the Black Panther and become Aja-Adanna. Of course Marvel is not releasing that information, nor did it show any clips from the upcoming movie, so fans can only speculate about the plot. Below, are a few more details about the roll out from Marvel:

In a video celebrating the love of storytelling and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most memorable moments, Marvel Studios gives a hint of what’s to come in Phase 4! This includes a new title for the sequel to the history-making Black Panther.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, who was behind Black Panther, the film will be released on July 8, 2022.

[From Marvel]

I struggled for a few months after Chadwick died. I even wrote several posts on the impact of his life and death. Despite not having Chadwick in the MCU, I was still determined to watch the Black Panther sequel. To be honest, I still don’t know how I feel about losing T’Challa. Seeing the trailer with clips from Black Panther and the last two Avengers featuring Chadwick was painful. I understand that the show must go on, but it still hurts. I hope that Ryan Coogler is able to mine amazing plots from the Black Panther comic books so that Wakanda Forever can be just as amazing as its predecessor. All I know is, Chadwick’s “Wakanda Forever” will be etched on our hearts forever. And I think Marvel using that phrase for the second chapter of the Wakandans is genius.

I am also looking forward to the Loki series, Black Widow, Shang-Chi, The Eternals – ok I am looking forward to all of Phase 4. I know that COVID may have altered several storylines and filming schedules, but if Marvel continues with the amazing writing that we have seen in the last few films and Disney+ shows, I do believe the MCU for the next five years is gonna be epic.

The trailer:

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  1. Darla says:

    Oya you really wrote everything I was feeling watching this yesterday. The Wakanda Forever was painful. There will never be another Chadwick and the way he says that line, it will always be his. Very painful.

    But yes, I’m still Marvel’s and I want to see all of these.

  2. Becks1 says:

    My husband and I got surprisingly emotional when we were watching Black Panther a few weeks ago, bc the opening Marvel credits on Disney Plus are different, now they’re images of Chadwick.

    I am interested to see what they do with the sequel. Black Panther was so good – the storyline, the visual effects, the costumes, etc. I am hoping they can recreate that.

    As a heads up for those keeping track, lol, we finally finished the Marvel movies on Sunday night with Endgame* (which is three freaking hours!) and I’m not sure where I stand on how much I like the movies as a whole (def liked some movies better than others) but all the pieces do fit into place now.

    *we haven’t gotten to Far from Home yet but I’m putting a pin in the list so we can watch FATWS on Disney.

    • Bendy Windy says:

      We have re-watched the MCU about four times now and I have a new appreciation for the movies I didn’t love the first time. Except the final avengers movies. Easily the worst two films in the franchise.

      • Yup, Me says:

        IronMan 2 was the absolute worst film in the franchise.

      • Becks1 says:

        I need to go look it up now lol. We watched them in such a bunch that a lot of them blend together (like the Iron Mans).

        I definitely have some that I loved, some that I would watch again just to see what I missed, and some that I’m like, meh.

  3. SarahCS says:

    I’m so pleased to hear this news, I loved Black Panther and there is so much they can do with Wakanda that I really can’t wait to see where it goes.

    My only reservation is with the actor who plays Shuri (sorry, I can’t remember her name) and her ‘I’m only asking questions’ anti-vaxx push last year. I loved her in character before I found out about her views and now I can’t separate the two.

    • Adrienne says:

      I agree about the actor who plays Shuri. I can not longer separate the actor from the character, which is a huge bummer.

      Also, I know I am in the minority, but I would like to see another black man cast as Black Panther and not retire the character (as a side note I don’t think the MCU has the guts to cast a woman as BP but I would like to be proven wrong). I think it would be so meaningful to see two black men (Captain America and Black Panther) as the back bone of the MCU going forward after countless white guys.

      • chimes@midnight says:

        I understand what you are saying but a lot of those ‘countless white guys’ are extremely important characters to comic book fans who finally got to see them on the big screen / see them done well. People waited their entire lives to see some of those countless white guy movies.

      • Calypso says:

        Won’t someone think of the white men????

        (Sorry I can’t reply to the other poster but it’s just absurd in a conversation about a Black superhero to make sure we are thinking of the extremely important countless white guys lol.)

      • chimes@midnight says:

        You want to @ me Calypso, feel free.

        No one is saying think of the poor white men. I understood Adrienne’s point about wanting to see two black leaders at the head of the MCU-verse for this new phase. I also said that there are people who have been reading Steve Rogers and Tony Stark comics since they were kids, and those particular characters are important to them. It was a very very big deal for those fans to see them done up on the big screen, and lumping them together as ‘countless white men’ seems a bit dismissive of those fans. I’m not here to argue with you or anyone else but don’t talk ABOUT me instead of AT me.

    • justtiffany says:

      same, I don’t think she can carry the franchise, but I was willing to give her a chance, but with her anti vaxx, anti-LGBTQ, I look at her, and that’s all I see.

  4. cassandra says:

    I’m excited to see where this goes and I trust Ryan Cooler to do an excellent job despite the truly tragic circumstances surrounding it.

  5. Lauren says:

    Phase 3 left me feeling pretty raw and when the news of Chadwick’s unexpected death came it was just a bit too much. I’m excited about phase 4, but Black Panther without Chadwick, I don’t know. I was all for Shuri taking up the mantle, but then Letitia had to show her ass and now I don’t know how to feel. I’ll probably watch it all the same because the production team, the staff, the crew around the first Black Panther movie was so great, but I’ll feel a bit meh about it.

  6. Midnight@theOasis says:

    I still think they have to introduce a new Black Panther. Disney said they wouldn’t recast Boseman’s T’Challa character (which they shouldn’t). Saying that means Disney is open to casting a new character to continue the Black Panther legacy. Wakanda cannot not have a BP. And the Shuri character IMO just wouldn’t be able to carry the role of a female BP.

  7. TheOriginalMia says:

    Seeing Chadwick’s photo during the Oscar memorial, hit me like a ton of bricks. I’m still not ready. I love the title. I know the movie will honor Chadwick and his incredible contributions to the community. I’m just incredibly sad we lost him.

  8. souperkay says:

    I don’t know that it would be or has to be Shuri, we have other candidates, ahem M’Baku or even W’Kabi. Any of the tribes can bring forth a challenger. M’Baku was close to getting T’Challa, I wouldn’t count him out.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Oh, that’s a good point. Plus, as much as I love the idea of a female Black Panther, I loved M’Baku! But oh, the heartbreak that Chadwick Boseman is gone.

  9. Sofia says:

    I don’t want Letita/Shuri to take the role. Not yet at least. I don’t think she’s strong enough as an actress to carry a franchise. I think they’ll make T’Challa disappear in action or something and then have the rest of the characters deal with the villain by themselves, making it more of an ensemble film.

    • pottymouth pup says:

      I won’t be surprised if they make it that, somehow, he’s the one person that didn’t reappear after the blip

      • N0body says:

        Could they do that though? Because he was in the final battle of end game so we know he’s back post blip.

      • pottymouth pup says:

        hmmm I guess I didn’t remember it as well as I thought

  10. Shadeau says:

    I don’t know why everyone keeps talking about Shuri as the next Black Panther when Nakia (LUPITA!) is RIGHT THERE.

    [Yes, I know there are comics where Shuri becomes BP, but movie Nakia is a better choice than movie Shuri to me. Also LUPITA!]

    • SarahCS says:

      Oh YES. Please can we have this? We deserve some nice things right now.

    • Calypso says:

      I’d personally prefer to see Lupita in tons of other, juicier, more exciting roles (Nakia was just… a badly written character). I’m excited to see her in Americanah and she’s my dreamcast in an adaptation of “My Sister The Serial Killer.”

  11. chimes@midnight says:

    I will bet somebody a shiny silver dollar that through the vastly advanced medical technology available in Wakanda, Erik was saved from his wounds and has been reforming and communing with nature in secret, so he will now be ready to take up the family business.

  12. ncboudicca says:

    Jeez that promo ad really got me in the feels, which is crazy, because I’m not really much of a Marvel stan even though I’ve seen several of the movies…but that last tagline “See You at the Movies”….it got me. It’s been a long year – and some of the world is still suffering massively with COVID19, like India, but the idea of going to a movie theater seems so amazing and awesome and exciting.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think this next round of Marvel movies is going to KILL at the box office, I think people are so desperate to get to the movies again, and to see something that’s worth seeing on the big screen – i.e. a big action-y superhero flick, with lots of fighting and special effects etc.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree – those films are going to be huge.
        I hope some smaller films can get in there too. I’ll be curious to see how much the on demand at home market eats into theater releases for smaller stuff though.

  13. Eleonora says:

    If you’re looking forward to phase 4 and diversity, then Ms. Marvel is one of the best.

    I read the comics and they’re amaaaaaaaazing

  14. The Recluse says:

    I was reasonably okay with Letitia taking over the mantle, but then she started saying a lot of dumb things about Covid-19 and now I am not so charmed.

  15. Imara219 says:

    I really want to see more TChalla as Black Panther stories. I don’t understand why they can recast the same white characters like Spiderman or Hulk but we can’t have a strong Black male lead for TChalla. I was hype that we might one day see a Storm-T Challa story on the screen. Boseman was an immense talent. I do agree his passing leaves a huge void in entertainment as well as circle of Black actors who mentored and gave back to others in their craft.