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Black Panther 2 'Wakanda Forever' is being released later this year. Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming film.
Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming film 'Wakanda Forever'.
The highly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning, much loved 'Black Panther' has begun production at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told Variety.
Before the sad passing of main character, Chadwick Boseman, the planned release date was May 6, 2022 however this has now been pushed to 11th November 2022.
Wakanda Forever star Letitia Wright was injured on set during the filming, causing production to be shut down.
The 28-year-old star went back to her home in London to recuperate, however filming wrapped in March 2022.
It is reported that the film had 117 days of filming compared to the planned 88, possibly due to strict COVID-19 protocols and Boseman's passing.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, fans should expect to see similar faces as the first film in the sequel.
Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett are expected to continue to play their characters as Shuri, Nakia, M'Baku and Ramonda, respectively.
Dania Guirira will play her role as Okoye, and this will be the fourth Marvel film that she has appeared in.
Due to scheduling conbflicts, Daniel Kaluuya will not reprise his role as W'Kabi in the sequel, Variety has confirmed.
It has been confirmed that Martin Freeman will return as CIA agent Everett Ross.
Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta has been confirmed to play a villian in the sequel. His role will be Sub-Mariner, also known as Namor McKenzie, who is the son of an Atlantean princess and a human.
It's been reported that Letitia Wright is set to "take on a more prominent role" in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Fans have discussed the fact that in the comics, Wright's character, Shuri, has taken on the Black Panther mantle, with some calling for a similar approach in the sequel.
However, when spoken to on the topic the actress said "The thought of doing it without him [Chadwick] is kinda strange. We're just grieving at the moment, so it's trying to find the light in the midst of it.".
It has also been announced that 'I May Destroy You' star Michaela Coel is set to star in the upcoming film.
She is playing a character named Aneka, but no further details have been released about her character.
An official teaser trailer has been released on July 24th, to coincide with the Comic-Con in San Diego.
There is a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman in the trailer, as it depicts queen Ramonda, played by Angela Bassett, mourning her son's loss as depicted in a mural.
The trailer is soundtracked by Kendrick Lamar's Alright, as well as Tems' rendition of "No Woman, No Cry" - originally by Bob Marley.
A prologue for the soundtrack has been released, and features three songs titled No Woman, No Cry by Tems, A Body, A Coffin by Amaarae and Soy by Santa Fe Klan.
A second trailer was released in October 2022, as a more thorough look inside the world of Wakanda and the troubles it faces.
The trailer also hints at the character of Shuri becoming the new Black Panther.
It also introduces the character Namor (portrayed by Tenoch Huerta), who’s described in the trailer as “the Feathered Serpent God”).
It has been confirmed that the sequel will honour the legacy of Chadwick Boseman by not recasting the role of T'Challa.
It has also been reported that there are no plans to use a 'digital double' in the sequel. Marvel Studios' EVP Victoria Alonso said: "There's only one Chadwick and he's not with us".
She continued: "Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking a little time to see how we return to history and what we do to honour this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really."
When elaborating on the plans for the second film without Chadwick, Kevin Feige said: "So much of the comics and that first movie is the world of Wakanda"
He continued: "Wakanda is a place to further explore with characters and different subcultures. This was always and initially the primary focus of the next story.".
As Feige confirmed, fans can look forward to the film exploring more of Wakanda as well as Wakandan history.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly he said: "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 continued, saying: "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? Kevin added, explaining the desire to explore the stories of these characters.
He concludes saying "we have to explore different places and time.".
As well as this, it appears as though a long-running villain theory has been confirmed. Production Weekly has revealed a clash between Wakanda and Atlantis.
The details explore the two civilisations histories and how they are intertwined; it discusses how Wakanda and Atlantis are both civilisations that separated themselves from the outside world as a way to protect their respective ways of life.
Black panther will be available to watch in cinemas in the UK on the 11th November and will be released on Disney+ in early 2023.
The first Black Panther film is available to watch on Disney Plus and film updates can be found on the official Instagram page @BlackPanther and Twitter @TheBlackPanther.