If you have met me in my natural habitat or seen me travel to Orlando on vacation, you would suspect that I appreciate Marvel’s Black Panther. I, like many fans of Black Panther, have been looking forward to the November 2022 release of Black Panther Wakanda Forever. Adding in an appreciation and respect for the life and death of Chadwick Boseman, this movie offers great interest. At San Diego’s Comic-Con, a teaser trailer was released for the movie. Though when it dropped, I was working on another project about Marvel Cinematic Universe, this teaser trailer slowed me down.
So, what do we learn from this trailer? The teaser trailer opens with a scene of key characters in the Black Panther movie looking sad and grieving. While this happens, a version of “No Woman, No Cry” plays during these sad but beautiful scenes. Several of these scenes present key characters looking stressed and sad around beautiful scenes of water and waves. We see the birth of a child underwater. After that, a transition to a scene with a ship. We have scenes jumping from violence and destruction to people showing genuine care for one another.
After that, we had dialogue from Queen Romanda, mother of T’Challa.. Romanda is played by Angela Bassett in the Marvel movies. Her dialogue involves these words: “I am Queen of the most powerful nation in the world, and my entire family is gone. Have I not given everything? During this teaser trailer, the version of “No Woman, No Cry” continues and escalates in tempo for effect.
We then see more preparation for battle and some fighting. A constant imagery of water continues with this teaser trailer. Since we know Namor the Submariner features prominently in this movie, that should not be a surprise.
Toward the end of teaser trailer we get a glimpse of Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta. After that, a pivotal fight scene involving the Dora Milaje of Wakanda leaping down to a body of water to fight some enemies. Since the teaser trailer does not reveal who those characters are, then I will not either.
Next, we get a view from the rear of someone in the Black Panther suit. We hear and see the signature appearance and sound of the Black Panther claws. The mystery for now continues who has taken the mantle of the Black Panther. We, then, get the screen showing the movie title. A powerful yet ominous voice says “Wakanda Forever.”
So, what should fans expect from this movie based on a teaser trailer? Well, Marvel has developed a reputation of including footage in trailers that does not appear in the movies. As a result, nothing can be assumed. However, I suspect we will see a proper respect for Chadwick Boseman in this Ryan Coogler directed movie. The nation of Wakanda will grieve the loss of T’Challa.
After that (or maybe during), a crisis will develop involving the “Merman” race. Namor, in the comics, was the son of a human sea captain and the princess of Atlantis. If this sounds like Aquaman to you, I understand. Yet, Namor goes back to the 1930s before Aquaman. In the comics, he possesses super strength and the expected aquatic skills. He also had additional abilities, even to fly. Based on previous media presentation of this character, we should expect an anti-hero type vibe. This anti-hero vibe will not reach the “Loki” level but expect chaos from him regarding Wakanda.
As you can probably tell, I feel excitement for this movie. Yes, the idea of a Black Panther without T’Challa feels wrong. Yet, in comics, this type thing would not be unusual. It will be interesting to see how Coogler and the team handle this. I guess we will have to wait until November to find out all the details. Until then, #WakandaForever!
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