Wakanda Forever’s Latest Trailer Spotlights Namor
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is on the horizon, first on November 11, 2022, and much like the vibrant but mysterious titular nation, it begins to reveal some of its secrets to the world. The new trailer, released by Marvel Entertainment on Monday, features some tantalizing new elements and expands on some of the pictures we saw in the teaser.
For example, this procession that looked a lot like a funeral march is indeed one, as Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and Shuri (Letitia Wright) dressed in white carry the Black Panther helmet through the streets. In the deep feeling absence of T’Challa (the delay, great Chadwick Boseman), new figures enter the scene: the trailer offers another look at the enigmatic new character of Michaela Coel and a thrilling glimpse of RiRi Williams (Dominique Thorn) in her Stone heart suit.
But the star of the show is antagonist Namor (Tenoch Huerta), who offers this dubious wisdom: “Only the most broken people can be great leaders.” According Weekly entertainment, he’s not the ruler of Atlantis here, but a new kingdom called Talocan, “created for the movie and inspired by ancient Mayan culture.” Don’t worry, comic book fans, he’s still the Namor you know and love—watch it fly around those peg wings!
And Namor is a formidable adversary – his people call him “K’uk’ulkan, the feathered serpent god,” says M’Baku (Winston Duke), who warns that “killing him would risk eternal war.” It’s not a conflict anyone can afford, let alone Wakanda, which in the eyes of the world has “lost its protector”, as Ramonda acknowledges.
But Wakanda has plenty of indomitable warriors in its corner, including young Ironheart, M’Baku, Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), and Shuri. Moreover, the role of protector will not remain dormant for long. This trailer includes the first full look at the new Black Panther, in an upgraded costume and seemingly female form. (Anyone can guess the identity of the hero yet, but this writer goes with Shuri, especially given her prominent position on the poster.) Let the Eternal War begin.