Black Panther: Wakanda Forever just hit theatres to show that Marvel still means business. The first film turned out to be a cultural phenomenon and packed a lot of powerful scenes. And Ryan Coogler has done that once more. It was heavy on emotion, as was expected after the tragic demise of Chadwick Boseman. But all things considered, an impossible situation was handled in the best way possible. It was a powerful outing right until the very end, especially with its post-credits scene. So let’s dive deeper.
Spoiler Alert: The Rest of the article contains SPOILERS. You’ve Been Warned!
Wakanda Forever’s Ending & Setups Explained
Conflict at Talokan
The Black Panther sequel ended on a very strong note as Shuri fought her inner demons and showed Namor the right way. He yielded and turned Wakanda into his strongest ally. But at the same time, a conflict at Talokan began to brew as right when Namor learned the ways of nobility, Namora and maybe some others like Attuma would lose faith in their K’uk’ulkan. And that sets up Namor’s own solo project where Attuma goes against Namor and makes a play for the throne.
The New King of Wakanda
Meanwhile, in Wakanda, everyone expected Shuri to show up at the Ritual Combat, but it was M’Baku who stepped in to challenge the throne. He rightly deserved to be the next ruler of Wakanda as he was the strongest contender in the nation. Along with his leadership experience, he aided the throne every single time. He helped T’Challa reclaim his title, he stood by the King in Infinity War and Endgame, and he accepted the Wakandans into the Jabbari mountains when the main city was flooded. He is a true leader while Shuri lacks the experience needed to rule. So, M’Baku will be King for the foreseeable future.
Black Panther Finds Closure
Although, Shuri would still be Black Panther, the protector of Wakanda in part 3. Nakia offered her a home in Haiti, so she went there to be with her. She took the advice of her mother and burnt her funeral clothes to finally get closure after losing T’Challa. But we do expect her to return to Wakanda as she’d supposedly play a crucial role in the next two Avengers movies.
Other Future Setups
Before coming to Haiti, Shuri bid farewell to Riri Williams and sent her home without the Ironheart suit she designed. But Shuri did retrieve and return the car that Riri built with her father as a parting gift. From here on, she’d lead her own solo Ironheart series on Disney+.
Okoye rescued Everett Ross, who was charged with treason by his ex-wife Val, the Director of the CIA and the future co-creator of the Thunderbolts squad. Ross would be taken back to Wakanda. Also worth noting – Okoye was in her Midnight Angel suit and would presumably continue with this new title. Although, a redesign of her suit will be highly preferable in her own solo upcoming series with Aneka and probably even Ross.
The End Credits Scene: How Many Were There?
This time, there was just one mid-credits scene and it was extremely special. Before T’Challa was snapped out of existence, Nakia got pregnant. So, she and T’Challa decided to raise the prince outside of Wakanda without the pressure of the throne. Nakia introduced Shuri to her 6-year-old nephew, Toussaint. While this was his Haitian name, his real name was Prince T’Challa, son of King T’Challa. It was a beautiful ending indeed. And like Morgan Stark, we could expect young T’Challa to become relevant in a decade or so (unless there’s another time jump).
That’s all folks. Wakanda Forever!
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now in cinemas.