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The first Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer will break your heart

Rumors preceding San Diego Comic-Con 2022 (SDCC) claimed that the first Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer would drop at the event.

It turns out that the rumors were correct. Marvel delivered the first Wakanda Forever teaser trailer at Comic-Con. Not only that, but the trailer is incredibly emotional, in addition to revealing plenty of characters from the highly-anticipated sequel.

I expected Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to be the most important movie of MCU Phase 4 when Marvel announced the film three years ago at Comic-Con. Now that Doctor Strange 2 is out, and we saw the Phase 5 and 6 announcements, it’s clear that the events in Multiverse of Madness are pivotal for what’s to follow.

T'Challa's funeral is a heartbreaking celebration in Wakanda.
T’Challa’s funeral is a heartbreaking celebration in Wakanda. Image source: Marvel Studios

But 2022 also gave us the fourth Thor movie, which should have been at least as exciting as Ragnarok. While Love and Thunder is entertaining, Taika Waititi did not outdo himself.

Marvel honors Chadwick Boseman

With that in mind, we had no idea what to expect from Wakanda Forever, except that Chadwick Boseman would not play King T’Challa/Black Panther. The actor died a few years ago after a secret battle with cancer, and Marvel said it would not recast the role.

The funeral of T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in <em>Wakanda Forever</em> trailer.
The funeral of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in Wakanda Forever trailer. Image source: Marvel Studios

The first Wakanda Forever trailer finally sheds some light on how Marvel will tackle the absence of Black Panther in the MCU. And it turns out that Marvel started honoring the actor, and his MCU character, right from the first trailer.

The first Wakanda Forever trailer will break your heart like no other MCU teaser so far. It’s not just the music and T’Challa’s funeral. Angela Bassett’s speech will move you to tears as well. She reminds us that her entire family is gone, suggesting that something might happen to Shuri at some point in the movie, making the Queen believe she has lost her daughter.

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

The trailer will also give you goosebumps along the way, which is something I can’t say about the first Multiverse of Madness or Love and Thunder teasers.

With that in mind, Wakanda Forever might turn out to be the best movie of the MCU’s Phase 4 and the perfect end to the current phase.

The new Black Panther appears in the Wakanda Forever trailer

Aside from teasing T’Challa’s death and funeral, the Wakanda Forever trailer also offers plenty of details about the story. And we get to see the new Black Panther right at the end. But don’t expect to find out who she or he is just yet.

Shuri (Letitia Wright) is the top candidate for the job, but we’ll have to see how it plays out.

Shuri (Letitia Wright) in Black Panther 2 trailer.
Shuri (Letitia Wright) in Black Panther 2 trailer. Image source: Marvel Studios

Marvel can’t reveal that surprise yet, but we do get a sense of the overall plot of the film. Wakanda and Atlantis will go to war over an undisclosed disagreement. There’s plenty of fighting between the groups, and we do see Namor (Tenoch Huerta) for the first time. That’s another rumor that Marvel confirmed at the Comic-Con panel.

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

The trailer gives off Avatar vibes in some of those battles, and it’ll be incredibly exciting to see these two opposing forces fighting each other. We fully expect Namor and the new Black Panther to engage in battle. But the trailer also makes it clear that Okoye (Danai Gurira) and her Dora Milaje will be front and center in this conflict as well.

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

We also get to see Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) for the first time. She and Shuri will apparently have a great relationship. And Riri will start making her Ironheart armor at some point in the film, just like Tony Stark did (Robert Downey Jr.) in the first MCU movie.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens in theaters on November 11, 2022, and you can watch the first teaser trailer for the movie below:


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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 closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.