‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ – Footage From Marvel Sequel Shown At D23


Disney and Marvel today revealed new images of the highly anticipated sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is scheduled for release on November 11. It is the final film in Phase Four of the MCU. The tease came during a D23 panel touting upcoming projects from Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Studios.

The footage shows Angela Bassett’s Ramonda during a congressional hearing. The officials there want access to Wakanda’s vibranium. She says no, of course, because it’s dangerous and because of the US’s potential to get it.

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Cut to a special ops team trying to sneak into Wakanda’s vibranium processing facility to steal the substance. Wakanda’s female warriors are upon them, however, and Okoye (Danai Gurira) and her crew are mopping the floor with the would-be thieves.

Cast members Angela Bassett and Winson Duke were on hand to add their perspectives.

“It was a great experience with the entire cast,” Bassett said. “It takes a lot of magic to bring this together, and of course our feisty leader, Ryan and Chadwick, who were with us every step of the way. We had to live up to his level of excellence.”

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Winston Duke expressed the same enthusiasm and added some intriguing details.

“We’re back. I’m excited for everyone to see Wakanda after the Infinity Wars, after the Endgame, after everything that’s happened so far,” he said. “Everything is bigger is better and new. I’m not the most technologically minded character, but the technology is fun, it’s different, it’s nothing you’ve seen.

The 2018 original film, directed by Ryan Coogler, follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, who must step forward to lead his people into a new future and a challenger from the past of to confront his country. Written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, the picture was a historic success for Disney, grossing more than $1.3 billion worldwide and seven Oscar nominations, winning in the Best Original Score, Costune Design, and Production Design categories. . Entering as the highest-grossing film ever directed by a black filmmaker, the ninth highest-grossing film of all time, and the third-highest-grossing film in the US and Canada at the time of its release, Black Panther was also the first superhero film to receive a Best Picture nomination, and the first MCU title to dominate in multiple categories. The statuettes it claimed marked a turning point for representation in Hollywood, both on camera and behind the scenes, with Ruth E. Carter becoming the first black person to win the Costume Design award, and Hannah Beachler making history as the first black victor. in production Design.

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While talking about the Black Panther the sequel circulated approximately as soon as the original film was released, plans for the story shifted after Boseman’s death from colon cancer in August 2020, at the age of 43. Aiming to pay tribute to the beloved actor, the new film will watch the nation of Wakanda take on intervening world powers as they mourn the loss of their king.

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Ryan Coogler returned as director, again working from his and Cole’s script. Cast members returning for the sequel include Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett and Winston Duke, with Judas and the Black Messiah‘s Dominique Thorne among those who joined the ensemble this time.

Production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever wrapped in March, with the film’s stunning first trailer to be unveiled at Comic-Con 2022. Boseman was honored yesterday at D23’s Disney Legends inauguration ceremony, with his brother Derrick Boseman speaking on his behalf. “I wish he was here to receive” [this award]’ Boseman’s brother complained. “The fact that he’s not there has hurt my whole family a lot.”

The D23 exhibit will run through September 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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