Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, things to remember before seeing the movie

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, things to remember before seeing the movie

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On November 9, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever finally debuts in Italy: the film, which will officially close Phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, arrives four years after the first chapter and above all comes after the untimely death of its main actor, Chadwick Boseman , who passed away in 2020 from colon cancer. Director Ryan Cogler returns to direct this film as well and has rewritten his original idea, together with Joe Robert Cole, to make it a great metaphor for the loss and mourning following the disappearance of T'Challa / Boseman. Before delving into this film of great emotional and thematic power, here are the things you</a> need to remember before leaving for the surprising world of Wakanda.

The death of T'Challa

After Boseman's disappearance it is clear that this new film will start from the death of T'Challa, the character he played and who embodied the Black Panther . Cogler has stated several times that the latest technologies will not be used to make the missing actor participate virtually and post-morten, so his departure will probably be told offstage. This same death, however, is destined to mark the entire course of the plot. In particular, now that T'Challa has disappeared and after his decision at the end of the first film to open Wakanda to the world, it is obvious that foreign powers (and not only them) will try to take advantage of this moment of weakness.

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The women of Wakanda

Upon T'Challa's death, however, Wakanda was not left unguarded and indeed has several heroines to defend her, starting with the queen mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett): Since after Thanos' Blip both T'Challa and her other daughter, Shuri (Letitia Wright) had disappeared into thin air, Ramonda had already experienced the trauma of losing her children and having to take over the regency of the country. An important role will also be played by Shuri, who many give as a natural heir to his brother in wearing the Black Panther mask. Defending the African nation is also Okoye (Danai Gurira), general of the female soldiers called Dora Milaje, who in this film is joined by Aneka, another Dora Milaje played by Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum, I May Destroy You). We also know that Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), a former formidable spy and former flame of T'Challa, will also return, now engaged in the humanitarian missions of the country around the world.

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The succession

Although many are convinced that Shuri will wear the Black Panther mask, there are those who say that the choice may not be so obvious (for sure, however, it will be a woman). In any case, the succession to the throne and therefore to official defender of Wakanda is not so simple: it has always occurred through a ceremony in which the chosen one drinks the extracts of a magical herb with heart-shaped flowers, which projects into an astral dimension where they can meet their ancestors. The grass, however, was destroyed at the hands of Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), cousin of T'Challa who had usurped the throne. Before that, the pretender to the throne must participate in a ritual combat in which he can be challenged by representatives of the five tribes that populate the country (T'Challa had to defeat M'Baku, played by Winston Duke, leader of the rebel tribe of the Jabari who then instead he proved to be his faithful ally especially during Infinity War).

The vibranium

The power and technological advancement of Wakanda, which therefore make it a very attractive power for other nations, is mainly based on vibranium, the prodigious and indestructible metal of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Millennia ago a meteorite containing vibranium had crashed in Africa in the very territory where the five tribes settled, developing prosperity and technologies unthinkable elsewhere. It is thought that Wakanda is precisely the only place from which to obtain vibranium and this makes it a place in the sights of both criminals and foreign governments. Among these the United States, which in fact had tried to entangle CIA agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) in Wakandian affairs: in the first Black Panther he is seriously injured while trying to protect Nakia and for this T'Challa decides to take him to Wakanda and save his life.

Two Riris

Among the new characters that will populate Black Panther: Wakanda Forever there is also the young Riri Williams, played by Dominique Thorne. For the uninitiated, in the comics Williams is a child prodigy who studies at MIT and who, inspired by Tony Stark, builds a very powerful armor and takes the name of Ironheart. In the trailer of the film we see that Okoye and Shuri try to enlist her for some reason and therefore her fate will intertwine with that of Wakanda. We also know that her character will be further developed in other titles on Disney +, such as Ironheart and Armor Wars. From one Riri to another, since this is also the nickname of Rihanna, the singer who after six years of silence decided to record Lift Me Up, a touching song that is the soundtrack to the film and is dedicated to the memory of Boseman .

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But Wakanda Forever would make no sense to exist without its super-villain, Namor. The character played by Tenoch Huerta is one of the most classic anti-heroes of Marvel comics, first the archenemy of the Black Panther and the Avengers and then their ally. In this film we see him in an incarnation very close to comics but also mixed with the ancient Mayan culture: he is in fact represented as the feathered serpent god and is the king of Talokan, an underwater civilization that seems however to be endangered by some threat. and this leads her to collide with the world of Wakanda (the kingdom of Namor in the comics is Atlantis, but here it was chosen to change its name perhaps to not overlap with the kingdom of Aquaman of the rival DC).

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