The countdown has begun for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s theatrical release and Marvel Studios is hyping up fans each day with the promotional material. In a new exhilarating clip released by the studio, Wakanda is gearing up to face Namor, who along with the Talocans is coming for the "surface world" in full force. In what looks like an epic climatic battle, you can hear M’Baku (Winston Duke) declaring “Black Panther lives,” as the clip promises its time for the "return" of Wakanda's protector. The new footage just gives a taste of the high-octane action and the celebration the movie is going to be
The early reaction to the movie that made its world premiere last week called it "cathartic, epic, and a Beautiful Tribute." The feature has got fans excited for many reasons: some desperately want to know who’ll be the next Black Panther, some simply want to return to the afro-futurist nation of Wakanda for its mythos and mysteries, and many wants to see it for the late actor Chadwick Boseman, as the cast and crew revealed it to be an ode to the actor.
In Wakanda Forever, we see the nation in mourning after losing King T’Challa. The trailers paint a somber picture as well as highlight the joy to return to the fictional Kingdom. This time Wakanda faces two new enemies, Namor, the Submariner, who wants to protect its people of Talocan. His kingdom is vulnerable to outsiders after Wakanda opened itself to the rest of the world. Actor Tenoch Huerta has described his character as an anti-hero while also confirming Namor is the first mutant we’re going to see on the big screen. While the Submariner’s comic book origins lie in Atlantis, MCU has done its spin on the character by rooting him in Mesoamerican mythology and calling him K’uk’ulkan (also spelled Kukulkan), the deity known as the Feather Serpent God worshiped by the Yucatec Maya people. It is interesting to note that he's referred to as a 'god' in the movie as we're recently introduced to the idea of MCU gods in Moon Knight and Thor: Love and Thunder.
Another conflict that Wakanda faces is the outside world itself that is behind after the kingdom’s precious metal after finding its King gone. In the trailers Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda is seen speaking very sternly at the United Nations. At the forefront of this fight are M'Baku, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Bassett as Queen Ramonda, Danai Gurira as Okoye, and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross. The new feature will introduce newcomers Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams aka Ironheart. Ryan Coogler returns to direct the sequel while sharing the co-writing duties with Joe Robert Cole.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stars sparkle at European premiere
The cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever have attended the film's European premiere in London.
Stars including Michaela Coel, Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong'o walked the red carpet for the hugely anticipated sequel to the superhero film.
Coel told the BBC: "The feeling it gives me, as a woman of colour, to see my story reflected back still gives me a rush of exhilaration to be seen.
"This cast give me a lot of confidence, I feel proud to be among them."
The 2018 release of Black Panther is one of the most profitable movies of all time. The Marvel Studios production made more than £1bn at the box office.
It was the first superhero film to receive an Oscar nomination for best picture. In total it was nominated seven times, winning three for original score, costume design and production design.
The franchise has been praised for its strong portrayal of black characters
Returning actress Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye, said she hoped Black Panther "paves the way" for other franchisees to cast strong black female leads.
Director Ryan Coogler came up with a plot that could reflect the 43-year-old's death which Lupita Nyong'o said would "really resonate with people".
"Respecting Chadwick and what he started us off is the way forward," Nyong'o told BBC News. "Ryan was so smart to embrace the loss and make this film about what we do when we lose somebody because we all experience it at one point.
"The honesty with it will surprise people and the fact you can do that without compromising on the fun, and the spectacle, is a feat and I'm really proud."
The first film starred Boseman as the crime-fighting ruler of Wakanda, a fictional African nation with the most advanced technology on earth.
More than 170 million viewers watched the trailer for its follow-up, Wakanda Forever, in the first 24 hours after its release.