To wrap up the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever the cast took the stage to create the first trailer. Emotions were running high because it was the first Black Panther images made public since the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020.
Kendrick Lamar’s use of “Alright” was particularly apt, reaffirming to the cast, crew and fans that “We are well.”
After Boseman’s passing, many wondered how Marvel would proceed with the Black Panther franchise without him, or if it would continue at all. However, over time it was confirmed that Marvel and director Ryan Coogler would continue the story they started in 2018.
The film will introduce the first major underwater element to the MCU as Tenoch Huerta’s Namor enters the fold. It will also build directly on the development of Wakanda, since its introduction in 2016 Captain America: Civil War.
Six years after his introduction to the MCU, T’Challa’s fate has now been confirmed and another hidden detail from the first trailer has been revealed.
T’Challa’s helmet spotted in Black Panther 2
While most viewers were distracted by a unique variant of the Marvel Studios logo during Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverof the first trailer, a critical moment may have been missed.
Dressed in all white, T’Challa’s mother, Romanda (Angela Bassett), walks alongside Shuri (Letitia Wright), who is holding the iconic Black Panther helmet, as first pointed out Twitter ShadyK54 user.
This is further confirmation that T’Challa has died since the events of Avengers: Endgameindicating that this scene is a burial or memorial for the fallen hero.
Here is a more detailed look at the detailed Wakandan helmet, which appears to be the version of Captain America: Civil War rather than the updated mask seen in later films.
Celebrating the life of T’Challa
Ryan Coogler and the creative team at Marvel Studios have decided not to recast T’Challa after the passing of Chadwick Boseman. In place, wakanda forever will focus in part on the loss of T’Challa, honoring his life and passing on the role of Black Panther.
It’s still unclear how the movie will canonically explain how T’Challa died afterwards. Avengers: Endgamebut it’s no secret that’s the direction it’s taking.
The first trailer faced him head-on, showing a mural of Boseman as T’Challa, close-up footage of Shuri bursting into tears, and Ramonda saying: “I’m the queen of the most powerful nation in the world, and my whole family is gone.”
This approach will likely be an important plot element and will require other characters to step in, like Letitia Wright’s Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, or Winston Duke’s M’Baku.
There might not be many dry eyes when Marvel fans fill theaters starting Nov. 11 for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.