At a rowdy panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, enthusiastic fans cheered in agreement as Marvel Studios released the trailer for November’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The movie is the follow-up to Black Panther (2018), which starred the late Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the valiant king of Wakanda, a fictitious African nation with extremely sophisticated technology.
No Woman, No Cry is the song that starts the clip, but as Boseman’s castmates spoke about how important it was to them to pay tribute to him through this new effort, there were some tears on stage.
The film’s director, Ryan Coogler, revealed that the T’Challa actor was thrilled to watch the initial Black Panther footage at Comic-Con five years prior.
The first Black Panther movie made over $1 billion worldwide, making it the first superhero movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and a turning point for diversity in cinema.
Marvel previously stated that it will not be recasting the part of T’Challa, a move that has split fans, with some believing it should always be played by Boseman, who passed away from colon cancer in 2020, and others arguing that a new actor should take on the position.
The very last frame of the teaser shows a telltale flash of the Black Panther claws, despite the fact that it wasn’t confirmed that Shuri would now be wearing the panther costume.