Finally, the much anticipated Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is set for release. The screenplay is said to have gone through at least five incarnations, from the year 2020, following the death of the great Chadwick Boseman, who was playing the leading role of T’Challa.
The director Ryan Coogler said the primary focus of the sequel was always about further exploring the characters and "different subcultures" of Wakanda.
In December 2020, Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, confirmed that the role of T'Challa would not be recast, and said the sequel would instead explore the world and characters of the first film as a way to honor the legacy that Boseman helped build.
As a king who always leads with diplomacy, but isn't afraid of precise and controlled violence in dire circumstances, T'Challa represented the perfect balance of restraint and action when it comes to matters of injustice and social change.
In May 2021, Marvel Studios revealed the film's title as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, a fitting tribute to Boseman since "Wakanda Forever" is the battle cry of the Wakandans.
With the trailer teaser now out, one cannot help but anticipate the official release of the film.
The lyrical motif of Tems' Bob Marley's No Woman No Cry cover, moving between Wakanda’s scenic views, in the trailer, with the characters dressed in white, in some sort of a funeral and protest at the same time, captures the attention right from the beginning, and creates such a huge anticipation.
Black Panther still remains the first big-budget superhero movie with a black hero, director and a majority black cast.
It changed how the world sees blockbusters, proving that they are substantial game changers for cultural significance, superhero storytelling, reuniting of the black people and racial cooperation.