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Massive Marvel leak: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s entire plot revealed

Updated Nov 7th, 2022 11:03AM EST
Shuri (Letitia Wright) in the first Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer.
Image: Marvel Studios

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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a plot leak from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. But this time, it’s one of the biggest and most detailed Marvel leaks we’ve seen in a long time. The highly-anticipated film’s premiere is just over a week away. More importantly, critics already saw the movie during the Red Carpet premiere a few weeks ago. Also, we already saw the Wakanda Forever credits scene leak, so it was only a matter of time until the detailed plot got the same treatment.

MCU fans who hate spoilers should ignore what follows below. The chances are very good that these plot spoilers are real, and you’ll know everything that happens in the Black Panther 2 movie before catching it in theaters.

The Wakanda Forever plot leak

We see plot leaks all the time for MCU adventures, and most of them come from shady sources. That’s understandable, considering the people who leak this stuff want to protect their identity. And we can never be sure that the claims in those leaks are accurate.

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How does T’Challa die?

Wakanda Forever isn’t just a sequel in the Black Panther franchise that will drive the MCU story forward. It’s also a significant tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa/Black Panther in the first movie.

The detailed plot leak explains that T’Challa will die from an unknown illness that he kept secret from those close to him. Shuri (Letitia Wright) tries to synthesize the sacred herb to cure her brother, but all the prototypes she tries have a success rate of around 28%. T’Challa ultimately dies, much to Shuri and everyone else’s dismay.

The movie then skips a year, just like we heard recently. Shuri has become obsessed with innovative technology and has forgotten all about the herb. Meanwhile, Ramonda (Angela Bassett) is dealing with international pressure to share vibranium with other nations, though Wakanda continues to resist.

What causes the conflict with Namor?

Lake Bell’s character has a ship that tries to obtain vibranium from deep beneath the ocean surface. That’s how Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and his people come into play. They attack and kill everyone aboard the ship, and the world thinks that Wakanda is responsible for Namor’s actions.

Ramonda and Shuri mourn T’Challa on the first anniversary of his death. They’re on the beach, and they encounter Namor for the first time. We’ve already seen these scenes in Wakanda Forever promos. The plot leak reveals that Namor tells them of the attack and proposes an alliance. Namor wants to find the person who made a vibranium locator device. And he asks Wakanda for help.

But Namor doesn’t want the world to know about the Talocan and warns the women that sharing such news would turn Wakanda into an enemy.

Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) making her Ironheart armor.
Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) making her Ironheart armor. Image source: Marvel Studios

Riri Williams is the main Wakanda Forever plot device

Marvel fans might have realized by now that we haven’t talked about Ironheart (Dominique Thorne) or Riri Williams. Everet Ross (Martin Freeman) tells Shuri and Okoye (Danai Gurira) that an MIT student developed the vibranium-finding tech. A technology that Shuri doesn’t believe exists, as nobody has been able to find vibranium like that.

Riri is Wakanda Forever’s primary plot device. Namor and the CIA are searching for her, and Shuri and Okoye will defend her. We’ve already seen a teaser scene showing the three at MIT.

Soon after they meet, we’ll get the first variant of Ironheart armor as the three flee from the CIA. But Namora and Attuma will ambush the three women, knocking out Riri and Shuri. Okoye fails to defend them, and Ramonda removes her from the Dora Milaje as a result.

As for Riri, she did not sell vibranium technology. Her teacher gave the locator to the government without her knowledge. Namor, however, will not believe any of that.

Namor (Tenoh Huerta) appears in first Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer.
Namor (Tenoch Huerta) appears in first Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer. Image source: Marvel Studios

Who is Namor?

With Shuri and Riri in Talocan custody, we discover the story of Namor. Around 1,500, a Talocan shaman had a vision about a glowing flower underwater that would help them survive, just as invaders from Europe were threatening their civilization.

The flower turned their skin blue and gave them incredible strength at the cost of breathing air from the atmosphere. Namor was unique, being born with winged feet, pointed ears, and slowed aging. His people named him K’uk’ulkan. But the invaders called him “El Nino sin amor,” or Namor.

Namor is convinced that Riri has to die, which drives the Wakanda Forever plot forward. The CIA is also hunting for vibranium, while Ramonda looks for Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) to find her daughter.

Nakia discovers the location of Talocan, infiltrates it, and saves Shuri and Riri, but not before killing to guards. This happens as Namor and Ramonda try to negotiate a deal for the two women.

Returning to Talocan, Namor discovers the dead guards and attacks Wakanda.

Trailer 2 gives us the best Black Panther teaser so far.
Trailer 2 gives us the best Black Panther teaser so far. Image source: Marvel Studios

Who is Wakanda Forever’s new Black Panther?

We saw the attack on Wakanda featured in most of Marvel’s Black Panther 2 promo clips. Namor uses water to ambush the nation, and we’ll witness a fierce battle between the two nations. While fighting the flood and the Talocans, Ramonda saves an unconscious Riri. But T’Challa and Shuri’s mother will die, breaking Shuri’s heart.

Wakanda evacuates the people to the Jabari tribe mountains, where M’Baku (Winston Duke) will speak to Shuri at Ramonda’s funeral. He tells Shuri that killing Namor isn’t the way out, but the woman will be determined to do just that.

Shuri starts working on the herb again. With the help of a twine from a Talocan bracelet, Shuri can access the Ancestral Plane, a place she doesn’t really believe in. That’s where she meets Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan who confronts her. The Black Panther villain tells Shuri that she’ll have a choice to make. Either be noble like her brother against Namor or do what needs to be done and kill him.

Shuri becomes the new Black Panther and informs the elders of her plan to defeat Namor. She will use the vibranium device that Riri made to draw him out. But she wants to lure him away from the water so that he’ll be weakened during their fight.

A poster showing King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) during the funeral.
A poster showing King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) during the funeral. Image source: Marvel Studios

Wakanda Forever plot leak teases a great final battle

Shuri will have Nakia, Okoye (in the Midnight armor), M’Baku, and Riri by her side, fighting Namor. Shuri will fight ruthlessly, according to the Wakanda Forever plot leak. And we’ve probably seen some scenes from that battle in the clips that Marvel has released so far.

Shuri will capture Namor and take him to the desert, despite Namor having the upper hand initially. As Shuri is ready to kill the Wakanda Forever villain, the Talocans are winning against the Wakandans at sea.

Shuri has a change of heart thinking of Ramonda, and she lets Namor live. In exchange, the Talocan leader promises to let go of Riri, return to the ocean, and never wage war on the surface. Also, Wakanda will protect Talocan in return.

In the aftermath of the battle, each nation will start moving on. The Wakandans rebuild with Riri returning home to the US. Nakia will also return to Haiti, which has been her home for years.

As for Namor, he predicts that one day the surface will attack Wakanda, and they will come to Talocan for assistance. He tells Namora that’s when the Talocans will be in control.

The final Black Panther ceremony takes place at the end of the movie, with M’Baku seemingly challenging Shuri for the throne. This is apparently a joke, however.

These are the main events in Black Panther 2, according to the detailed Wakanda Forever plot leak below. As a reminder, knowing what happens will not ruin the actual movie-watching experience, as more than a text version of the plot is needed to capture a film’s entire magic.

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Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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