Marvel has just released a new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer and it’s absolutely epic.
The studio had shared a first glimpse of the film back in July, which teased audiences about the forthcoming drama. But the new trailer, released this afternoon, takes matters to a whole new level. From the music to the camerawork, the major production really sets the scene for what promises to be an extraordinary sequel.
It starts with an exquisite funeral: everyone is dressed in white, and Ramonda, The Queen Mother of Wakanda (played by Angela Bassett) carries T’Challa’s mask (the actor Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa, died from cancer in 2020 and Marvel chose not to replace his character).
“Ony the most broken people can be great leaders,” says a voice over the slow-motion dancing; T’Challa’s face is painted on a wall and drummers passionately bang drums.
Then the mood changes, the music shifts, Sampa the Great’s track Never Forget (featuring Chef 187, Tio Nason & Mwanje) gets turned up, a heavy beat drops, and then there are scenes of an underwater nation, an empty throne room, chase scenes, helicopters, snipers, fights, explosions, floods, flying vehicles, a room full of fire and, in the final shot of the trailer, a reveal of the new Black Panther suit.
Fans turned online to share their excitement: “Marvel needs to permanently keep the person whose chose the music for this and the first trailer. Absolutely outstanding,” commented one viewer on the YouTube video.
“This trailer has me in tears just watching it! Can’t even imagine how beautiful this movie is going to be,” said a second, while a third said: “Goosebumps all over.”
The sequel will see Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke and Florence Kasumba return to their leading roles, while Dominique Thorne (If Beale Street Could Talk), Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico and Here on Earth) and Mabel Cadena, (Dance of the 41) will be joining the cast. Both director Ryan Coogler and composer Ludwig Göransson have returned for the second instalment.
The story picks up after T’Challa’s death, with the new leaders of Wakanda - Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye and the Dora Milaje - having to step up to protect their people.
Speaking to Empire in September, Coogler said: “This unique group is more like a band than it is a group of actors, and Chad was our lead singer. So for me, it was like, ‘How do I figure out a song that they can still get up there and sing?’, in light of what we were dealing with.”
Black Panther is set to be released on November 11.