It was a busy two hours in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC22) on July 23, as Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and chief creative officer of Marvel, capped off his presentation by releasing the first trailer for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
Hall H…and the internet…went crazy.
But First, Chadwick
The “Black Panther” segment of Feige’s presentation began with a live performance by Baaba Maal (vocals), Massamba Diop (tama), and dancers and drummers.
Feige then brought out the film’s director, Ryan Coogler, who gave a touching dedication to actor Chadwick Boseman, who passed from cancer a few years ago.
Boseman played T’Challa/Black Panther through “Avengers: Endgame” and his absence is a major part of the new movie’s plot.
“I promise you, I feel his hand on me right now,” Coogler said to the crowd in Hall H. “Chad’s passion and genius and his culture and the impact he made on this industry will be felt forever.”
“We put our love for Chadwick into this film. We also put our passion. This film has a ton of action and humor. It’s also a roller coaster of a movie. It goes to new places in Wakanda that we’ve never been before but other corners of the MCU.”
They then showed a video highlight reel of the actor.
About The Sequel
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” follows Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and the Dora Milaje as they struggle to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.
As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman), and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.
The film also stars Dominique Thorne (as an introduction to Riri Williams/Ironheart), Michaela Coel (as Aneka, captain of the Dora Milaje), Mabel Cadena, and Alex Livanalli.
The film introduces Tenoch Huerta as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation. It looks like he is poised to be an antagonist in the story, not an ally.
Present on stage in Hall H were: Mabel Cadena, Michaela Cole, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Tenoch Huerta, Florence Kasumba, Alex Livinalli, Lupita Nyong’o, Dominique Thorne, and Letitia Wright
Namor, also known as The Sub-Mariner, is a half-human and half-Atlantean mutant.
The offspring of an Atlantean princess and an American explorer, Namor occasionally leaves his kingdom to work with – or fight against – humanity. Atlantis is always his utmost priority in all engagements with humans.
The character was created by Bill Everett, and first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1939, with the issue “Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1.”
During the Q&A panel at SDCC22, Mexican-born Huerta said about appearing in the film as Namor, “I come form the hood. Seriously. And thanks to inclusion, I’m here. And a lot of kids are there, in their hoods, looking at us, dreaming to be here. And they can make it!”
The trailer that was shown in Hall H, and shortly after released online, is a powerful one, set to a remix of Bob Marley’s classic song, “No Woman, No Cry.”
Here it is:
Following the showing of the trailer, even the cast were moved:
The Prologue Soundtrack
To stoke the excitement for this film’s release, Marvel will be releasing the ” Wakanda Forever Prologue” soundtrack, which you’ll be able to listen to on Spotify and Apple Music starting July 25.
Composer Ludwig Göransson shared the following about the music:
“This Prologue is an aural first glimpse of ‘Wakanda Forever.’
The sound world for the film began with extended trips to Mexico and Nigeria. We spent our days working with traditional musicians who educated us about the cultural, social, and historical contexts of their music. We built a catalogue of instrumental and vocal recordings with them that explored both traditional and non-traditional uses of their musical material.
During the nights on these trips, we had recording sessions with contemporary artists who were akin to the characters and thematic material explored in the film. Using Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole’s script as a blueprint, along with the recordings from the traditional musicians, we began to build a musical vocabulary for the characters, storylines, and cultures of Talocan and Wakanda.
The instrumental score and soundtrack for ‘Wakanda Forever’ both organically grew from these sessions and workshops. They are conceived together as a singular entity to create an immersive and enveloping sound world for the film.”
When Will “Wakanda Forever” Be Released?
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” will be released in theaters November 11, 2022. As soon as we hear of a ticket on-sale date, we’ll let you know.
In his presentation, Feige said this film would be the end of Marvel’s Phase Four grouping of stories. Phase three wrapped up with “Avengers: Endgame.”
On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you to see this movie? I’m about an 11. Let us know in the comments where your excitement level is.