Immediately it started making waves around the world, with thousands of emotional fans turning to social media to share their adoration for the franchise. The trailer is now trending at number two on YouTube with 17 million view and counting over the last day.
The trailer opens with Nigerian singer Tem’s version of Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry playing over scenes of Ramonda, The Queen Mother of Wakanda, in a kind of throne room. Then scenes that follow include what could be a funeral procession, incredible water landscapes, and underwater scenes of a baby in a stomach, a newborn baby and a group of people riding a whale.
Then, as the song transitions into Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 Alright, we see a house on fire, a team of special agents wielding guns seeming to enter a scientific laboratory and futuristic helicopters flying over ice caps.
“I am Queen of the most powerful nation in the world,” cries Ramonda. “And my entire family is gone. Have I not given everything?” It’s truly spine-tingling.
Taking to Twitter one fan said: “Anyone else cry watching the Black Panther 2 trailer?”
“The trailer for Black Panther alone gave me chills! I’m going to be finished in that cinema,” said another.
“I keep on watching the new Black Panther trailer, No trailer has made me cry but this is an exception. The camera shots, the songs, the reveal of Atlantis, Namor, and Iron Heart. Love to Chadwick forever,” said a third.
“Deadass I’ve watched that Black Panther trailer at least 15 times. Give the team who cut that together a mf award.” said a fourth.
Anyone else cry watching the Black Panther 2 trailer?
— Shea Couleé (@SheaCoulee) July 24, 2022
The trailer for Black Panther alone gave me chills! I’m going to be finished in that cinema.
— MANNY 🏾 | #TCMSHOW (@THEECLASSICMAN) July 24, 2022
I keep on watching the new Black Panther trailer, No trailer has made me cry but this is an exception. The camera shots, the songs, the reveal of Atlantis, Namor, and Iron Heart. Love to Chadwick forever 🥺🖤#WakandaForever
— Just a kid from Brooklyn (@ChansaMwenya1) July 24, 2022
Deadass I’ve watched that Black Panther trailer at least 15 times.
Give the team who cut that together a mf award
— Neo a.k.a Negro Kuwabara (@NeoGameSpark) July 25, 2022
New cast members joining the world of Wakanda include Dominique Thorn, whose past credits include If Beale Street Could Talk and Judas and the Black Messiah. She will play inventor Riri Williams, who continues the legacy of Iron Man to become superhero Ironheart.
Tenoch Huerta, who had roles in TV shows Narcos: Mexico and Here on Earth, will play supervillain Namor McKenzie who rules Atlantis. Mabel Cadena, (Dance of the 41) will play Namor’s cousin Namora.
Ryan Coogler, who was behind the camera of the first Black Panther film, returns to direct Wakanda Forever.
Speaking at Comic-Con about the sequel and about Boseman, Coogler said the new film “goes to new places in Wakanda that we haven’t seen before and it goes to new places in the Marvel Cinematic Universe”.
“It’s been five years since I was here. I sat about there and we premiered the first footage from Black Panther 1 and sitting next to me was our T’Challa, the late great Chadwick Boseman.”
The trailer was shown at Comic-Con which ran across this weekend in California. According to attendees, a group of dancers and African musicians performed before the panel opened and there were some tears by cast members as discussions turned to Boseman.
The next instalment is likely to be a massive hit. 2018’s Black Panther made over $1.3 billion worldwide and still remains the 13th highest worldwide grossing film of all time.
Black Panther was the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. The film went on to earn seven Academy Award nominations, and won three: Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Original Music Score.
Ludwig Göransson, who composed the music for the first film, is set to be returning for Part 2.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released on November 11