Black Panther is one of the most significant films in Hollywood history. It wasn't just a great movie that made $1.3 billion against a $200 million budget. It was one of the first films in history to have a predominantly black cast.
However, for all its success, it wasn't without its fair share of challenges. For one, the film's lead actor, Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed King T'Challa and his superhero alter ego, the Black Panther, passed away in August 2020 due to cancer.
With the MCU now moving on to its fourth phase, the sequel to the 2018 movie will not only need to deal with the sky-high expectations resulting from the success of the original film, but it will have to navigate through the death of its main character.
How the film will accomplish this monumental feat is not known at the moment. What is known is that the project began filming earlier this month with a set video giving audiences a glimpse of the work in progress.
What do we know about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever so far?
The aforementioned video doesn't reveal anything big about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. However, it does show what appears to be a massive set for the fictional city of Wakanda, including its usual structures such as black panther statues and gold pillars.
We recommend that you check out the clip below asap because it will inevitably be taken down.
BREAKING: The first behind the scenes look at BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER has surfaced online! 🐾
The video gives us a close look at one of the films sets, as it’s being constructed.
via: coolfreetv (Instagram)pic.twitter.com/rBODgwbmob
— Black Panther: Wakanda Forever News (@bpanthernews) July 27, 2021
As we mentioned earlier, with Chadwick Boseman now having passed on, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will need to deal with the death of a significant character. This is a major change that could make or break the film. But, if it's any consolation, the first movie's ensemble cast will all return in the sequel, along with the director, Ryan Coogler.
According to rumors and speculations, the plot of the next Black Panther film will revolve around a war between the hidden nations of Wakanda and Atlantis.
Both of these civilizations have chosen to hide from the prying eyes of men. However, their ideologies are not necessarily the same. Whereas Wakanda hid out of fear of its technology being abused, Atlantis secluded itself underwater because its previous interactions with surface dwellers taught its leaders not to be too trusting.
If this is true, then it will be interesting to see how the film will introduce Atlantis, as well as the long-rumored arrival of Namor, who is essentially the MCU's equivalent to the DCEU's Aquaman.
With that said, we can expect more details about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to be announced or leaked in the coming months. In addition to returning cast members, the Black Panther sequel is going to welcome some new faces. This includes Michaela Coel and Tenoch Huerta, the latter of which is rumored to be the one who will play the Sub-Mariner, otherwise known as Namor.
In the meantime, you can keep yourself busy watching re-runs of Loki and other upcoming MCU TV shows while waiting for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3, 2021), Eternals (November 5, 2021), Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021), as well as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022) and Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6, 2022) until Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres on July 8, 2022.