Marvel is bringing its fans all the way back Wakanda in the trailer trailer ” Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”‘
The trailer is interspersed with a lyrical theme from “We gonna be alright” from Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” moving between images of the aquatic landscapes of Wakanda as well as futuristic technology. The trailer also shows what seems to be a funeral ceremony with crowds of Wakandans in white.
“I am Queen of the most powerful nation in the world, and my entire family is gone,” Angela Bassett’s Ramonda declares.
There’s a question that lingers in the trailer Who will assume the persona of the Black Panther? The figure can be seen dressed in the hero’s costume towards the end of the trailer however, it’s not clear who’s in the costume.
The video premiered during the closing of Marvel Studios’ large show during San Diego Comic-Con Saturday night, which was introduced by an ensemble of traditional African performers who performed an applause for the follow-up panel.
Director-writer Ryan Coogler, who helmed the original “Black Panther,” then was on podium to talk about the sequel and reflect on the loss of the series’ previous actor, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman was the lead character T’Challa, passed away in August of 2020, following an in-depth, four-year battle with colon cancer.
“It’s going to be hard to follow that up, but we’ll try,” Coogler stated. “It’s the fifth year since my last appearance in this room. I was sitting there, and we had the premiere of the first clip from the film ‘Black Panther 1 And sitting beside me was T’Challa, legendary Chadwick Boseman.”
Coogler revealed that Boseman was pressing the director’s shoulder as he watched the initial footage. “I promise you, I can feel his hand on me right now.”
Coogler gave a few details about the sequel, stating that “it goes to new places in Wakanda that we haven’t seen before and it goes to new places in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
“Black Panther” stars Lupita Nyong’o. Letitia Wright Danai Gurira Florence Kasumba and Winston Duke were then introduced by Coogler on the Comic-Con stage.
“It’s a labor of love, and I have so much gratitude to be a part of it and be able to share it with you,” Duke declared about the sequel.
“It’s an honor. We’ve grown tremendously as a family and it’s good to be able to meet you all and pay tribute to big brother while doing it,” Wright said.
Newcomers to the series, such as Michaela Coel Dominique Thorne, Alex Nivilani, Mabel Cadena and Tenoch Huerta also joined the panel. Huerta will play Marvel Comics favorite Namor, the Submariner in the movie.
“I’m excited and I’m so happy to be here,” Huerta stated. “I would like to speak quickly about inclusion. I’m from the neighborhood and, due to inclusion I’m here. I would not be here without inclusion. A lot of kids from the hood are looking at us, dreaming of becoming here. They’re going to do it! They’ll make it!”
Coel acknowledged the performance that kicked off the panel. He said that “It feels very special to watch the dancers and drummers. It brought me back to the honour it was to be a part of this ensemble.”
Wright talked to Variety on April about the profound impact that Boseman’s death was having on the film’s cast, saying that the film was “an incredible honor” to the actor who passed away.
“We honored him by committing ourselves to the story that he started, the legacy that he started with this franchise,” Wright said to the magazine. “And we just committed every day to working hard, no matter what circumstances we faced — and we faced a lot of circumstances, a lot of difficult situations — but we came together as a team, and we poured everything into this movie, so I’m excited for you to see it.”
” Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” will be released in U.S. theaters on Nov. 11.
Check out the full trailer here.