The first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is here and it’s quite an emotional ride. We knew from the beginning that the MCU wanted to make a movie that was an action movie, but also felt like a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Tchalla in three films and who died of colon cancer before he could participate. in the sequel.
The trailer is not short on emotional moments. In fact, a good part is dedicated to showing the pain of T’challa’s family for the loss of their king. But one of the few moments that recognizes the actor’s absence is when we see a mural of him on a wall in Wanda, with a text.
The big advantage we have is that even with their fictional languages, Marvel is pretty careful to write things that make sense. In fact, we have a complete alphabet (based on the ancient Nsibidi language) that allows us to translate the message on the wall:
“The king and the panther live… forever in us.”
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Neither the preview, nor the directors during Comic Con wanted to talk about how the film will address T’challa’s absence. What we do know is that Marvel Studios has made it clear that they want to approach Boseman’s death with as much respect as possible, so that the actor’s death doesn’t become a morbid plot hook.
“I think this movie has a different kind of pressure, obviously, with the loss of Chadwick, which was unexpected and narratively unprecedented, to figure out how to deal with that. So beyond, ‘Hey, we want to give people a fun time… it’s how we do what’s right for his legacy and tell a story that’s not exploitative, but rather builds on the things that he loved about Black Panther. and it builds on the things that he brought into the story in a way that is enjoyable, feels real, feels earned, feels organic. Because I think we are going to see the film in two lenses, pure entertainment, but also cathartic. And we have to be mindful of those two lenses as we do it.”
Black Panther: Wakanda for Ever opens in theaters on November 11, 2022.