A new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever clip shows Nakia and Okoye discussing T’Challa’s death. Chadwick Boseman joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War and after his 2018 solo film, Black Panther, was a billion-dollar, Oscar-nominated success, he become one of the franchise’s most important stars. Following a long and private battle with colon cancer, Boseman passed away in August 2020 and the tragic news came as a shock to the world.
Boseman’s absence will be deeply felt in the sequel which shifts the focus from T’Challa to many of Black Panther’s supporting characters, including Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, a War Dog from the River Tribe, Danai Gurira’s Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje, Letitia Wright’s Shuri, T’Challa’s younger sister who designs new technology for the nation, and Angela Bassett’s Ramonda, the Queen Mother of Wakanda. The sequel will find these characters mourning King T’Challa’s death as a new threat emerges in form of Namor (Tenoch Huerta), King of the undersea nation known as Talokan. After its world premiere, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever reactions began surfacing online which are united in their praise of the moving Marvel sequel.
Shortly before the world premiere, the Black Panther cast appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss Wakanda Forever and honoring Boseman’s memory. During their appearance, a new Wakanda Forever clip was debuted that features Nakia and Okoye discussing T’Challa’s death. Watch the new clip above, courtesy of @bpanthernews on Twitter.
How Black Panther 2 Will Honor T’Challa’s Memory
After Boseman’s death, returning Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and his co-writer Joe Robert Cole reworked the sequel to address T’Challa’s absence and honor the late actor’s legacy. Just as the world did with Boseman, the Black Panther sequel will find the people of Wakanda mourning the loss of their king. While there have been calls for the MCU to recast T’Challa, Marvel is unified in their decision to lay the character to rest out of respect for Boseman and pass his Black Panther mantle on to another character to carry on his legacy.
The sequel’s trailers have revealed a funeral that will be held for T’Challa and it’s also confirmed that Wakanda Forever will include a time jump after his death of about one year. During this time, Nakia seems to have left Wakanda for an unspecified reason and was not present for the funeral, as discussed in the new clip. The clip also provides a preview of how the characters are still coping with T’Challa’s death, mainly Nakia. For her, T’Challa was more than just the King of Wakanda and the Black Panther, but someone whom she had a close, intimate relationship with. She is just one of many characters who will have a deeply emotional reaction to T’Challa’s death in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live (via @bpanthernews)