'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever': Meet the cast as MCU sequel lands on Disney+

Everything you need to know before streaming the film

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is gathering the tribes of Wakanda again as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever lands on Disney+.

Ryan Coogler returned to the director's chair for the follow-up to 2018's Black Panther, after the tragic passing of star Chadwick Boseman.

The film had the honour of rounding off Phase 4 of the MCU before we head into Phase 5's lineup of Blade, Thunderbolts, and more.

As the film finally becomes available to stream, here's everything you need to know about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever cast

Letitia Wright as Shuri in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.
Letitia Wright as Shuri in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Marvel Studios)

Despite Boseman's passing leaving a hole in the Wakanda Forever cast, there's thankfully a mix of old and new faces to honour his legacy.

First and foremost, Letitia Wright is back as Shuri: T'Challa's inventive sister who created her older brother’s suit in the first movie.

Keeping the family ties, Angela Bassett also returns as Queen Ramonda, the widow of King T'Chaka and current ruler of Wakanda.

Angela Bassett as Ramonda in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.
Angela Bassett as Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Marvel Studios)

There's also more from Lupita Nyong'o's Nakia, who was T'Challa's love interest in the first movie.

Danai Gurira returns as the fearsome Okoye to head up the all-female Dora Milaje warriors. Martin Freeman reprises his role as CIA operative Everett Ross, and Winston Duke once again plays M'Baku, the leader of the Jabari tribe.

In terms of newcomers, there's the much-hyped arrival of Tenoch Huerta as Namor. Dubbed Marvel’s first mutant, Namor the Sub-Mariner predates Marvel Comics alongside the original Human Torch and Captain America as one of Timely Comics' 'big three'.

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This isn't the first we've heard of Namor, with an Easter egg in 2010's Iron Man 2 seemingly referring to Namor's homeland of Atlantis.

Namor's ties to Black Panther were confirmed in Avengers: Endgame when Okoye referred to handling a series of deep-sea earthquakes off the coast of Africa. Writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus confirmed it was a tease of Namor.

Tenoch Huerta as Namor in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.
Tenoch Huerta as Namor in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Marvel Studio)

Finally, there's the debut of Dominique Thorn's Riri Williams. In a fleeting glimpse of the character in the trailer, we see her honouring her legacy as the next Iron Man by making her own suit. It's a subtle throwback to Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark doing the same in 2008's Iron Man.

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Michaela Coel also makes her MCU arrival as Aneka, the woman who trained the Dora Milaje.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever release date

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is out on Disney+ now.

To say Wakanda Forever had a troubled production would be an understatement. Although Kevin Feige officially confirmed Black Panther 2 at Comic-Con 2019, plans were irrevocably changed by Boseman’s death in August 2020.

He was tapped to return for a trilogy of Black Panther movies, however, his death coming after Coogler had already turned in a first draft for Black Panther 2 meant it had to be adapted to deal with his passing.

Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.
Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Marvel Studios)

The idea of recasting T'Challa was quickly shot down by Feige, while Coogler went away to refine his script. At this point, the release was moved from May 2022 to 8 July.

Despite Boseman's death, filming only moved back three months to June 2021.

The film faced further complications including Wright suffering an on-set injury, COVID restrictions, and Lupita Nyong'o testing positive for the virus.

Wakanda Forever's cinema release was delayed again to 11 November, 2022.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is out on Disney+ now. Watch a trailer below.