Several new stills have now been released by Marvel Studios and offer another look at the ensemble cast of characters that will inhabit Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Following the release of the latest trailer, the images provide the latest look at the likes of returning characters Shuri, M’Baku, and Okoye, as well as the new character Namor.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever takes us back to the once-secret nation, where Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), must fight to protect Wakanda from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda after they find themselves invaded by a threat from beneath the sea.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Will Feature the MCU Debut of Namor
One of the most exciting elements of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the debut of beloved Marvel Comics antihero Namor the Submariner. Played by Narcos: Mexico City star Tenoch Huerta, Namor will emerge from his underwater kingdom when decisions made in Wakanda pose a threat to his hidden kingdom.
But, while Wakanda and the underwater world of Talocan will go to war, Huerta has stated that Namor is not really the villain. “Latin-Americans are always the bad guys in Hollywood movies,” the actor began. “And now we are the heroes – or an anti-hero, in this instance.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler meanwhile has called Namor the “dream antagonist” saying, “The contrast between T’Challa and Namor – their characters, and their nations – just leaps off the page. He’s a dream antagonist.”
Returning star Winston Duke, who is hotly rumored to become king in Black Panther: Wakanda Foreveradds that Namor will be far more than just another Aquaman; “In the MCU fashion, we’ve grounded it in real cultural significance and cultural traditions. You see the Latinx contingent that is present visually. Ryan Coogler’s creation within the Marvel cinematic landscape is one of deep honor and connection to real stuff. So I think a lot of people are gonna see themselves represented.”
Directed by Ryan Coogler, who has co-written the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stars Letitia Wright as Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams aka Ironheart, Michaela Coel as Aneka, Tenoch Huerta as Namor, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, and Angela Bassett as Ramonda. Additionally, the rest of the supporting cast will include Isaach de Bankolé, Dorothy Steel, Danny Sapani, Mabel Cadena, Alex Livinalli, Kamaru Usman, and Richard Schiff.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 11, 2022, as the final film in Phase Four of the MCU. A drama series set in Wakanda is also in development from Ryan Coogler for Disney+, with a spinoff following Okoye also being planned.