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Marvel Studios recently released a trailer for the highly anticipated sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The film pays homage to the late Chadwick Boseman who figured prominently in theafter being revealed as the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War.
From here, Boseman went on to star in his solo Marvel film, Black Panther, before joining the cast of the highly successful Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. And while many may have been expecting the actor to return for his Black Panther sequel,after battling cancer.
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Since then, Marvel has said little about the future of Boseman’s character. Although a film trailer made it clear that Wakanda is in mourning, someone else will also wear the Black Panther suit at some point. And while the studio is careful to avoid spoilers, it seems that LEGO has unwittingly announced who T’Challa’s successor is.
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For Marvel,. “The death of Chad hit all of us extremely hard and at the same time as it hit the world 'cause we didn't know either,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said.
“And there were all sorts of questions and our first thought, for many weeks afterwards, had nothing to do with the movie. It had to do with him and his family and his wife and his legacy.”
And as the studio started to think about the Black Panther sequel that they had already previously announced, Feige looked to Black Panther director Ryan Coogler for direction.
“Having the discussions, which is essentially, came down to continuing the legacy of Wakanda and continuing with that storyline in a very meaningful, respectful and yet, still hopeful and fun and exciting way, which was difficult after losing Chad,” Feige explained.
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In the end, he believes that Coogler and the rest of the Black Panther team came up with something that truly celebrates Boseman’s Marvel legacy.
“And I will say that Ryan and our producer Nate Moore, the entire cast, and our co-writer Joe Robert Cole, have done some remarkable things in the story, in the draft,” Feige continued. “And it will be extremely emotional across the board, but I think they have something very special in mind.”
Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong’o, who stars as Nakia, also believes thatwhen they made the movie. “For us as a cast, having lost our king, Chadwick Boseman, that was a lot to process, and in many ways, we’re still processing it,” the actress explained.
“When you lose someone, I don’t know when you stop missing them. And of course, we felt it so much, making this film without him.”
At the same time, Nyong’o said that the new film “expanded the world of Wakanda in ways that will blow people’s minds — not just Wakanda, but the Black Panther world.” The trailer has already revealed the introduction of Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and the much-awaited debut of Dominic Thorne as Riri Williams, a.k.a. Ironheart.
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Is Shuri The New Black Panther?
Newlego sets, shows Shuri in a Black Panther-like suit! — TheMCUtimes (@themcutimes)
There are some upcoming LEGO sets that seem to indicate that Shuri is the new Black Panther being teased in the Wakanda Forever trailer. For instance, the King Namor’s Throne Room and Shuri’s Sunbird sets seem to show the character wearing a Black Panther suit. That said, it is also worth noting that neither of these sets features Black Panther’s infamous helmet.
⚠ ANOTHER LEGO Black Panther reveal this time! it is Shuri’s Lab this set is tiny, 58 pieces so I assume this is probably a polybag Once again though we do get a Black Panther minifig as well.— Blitzwinger (@Blitzwinger)
At the same time, LEGO also has the upcoming Shuri’s Lab set, which features a more readily recognizable form of Shuri alongside a Black Panther figure. The specs on the model also read, “Shuri has power gloves to test while Black Panther whizzes around on his hoverboard.”
And if this is based on a scene in the movie, then that would mean that the new Black Panther is someone else.
As for Wright herself (who got caught in some controversy after being), the actress has, understandably, stayed mum on the subject, only saying that .
“We came together as a team,” she said. “And we poured everything into this movie, so I’m excited for you to see it.” Of her late co-star, Wright also said that the film’s cast “honored him by committing ourselves to the story that he started, the legacy that he started with this franchise.”
Meanwhile, according to LEGO, its latest Black Panther sets will be available starting October 1. Meanwhile, Marvel Studios is set to release Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on November 11. Until then, fans will just have to keep guessing who the new Black Panther really is.
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