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Who is the New Black Panther – Okoye, Nakia, or Shuri?


The new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer is littered with glorious surprises. And apart from its unique take on Wakanda’s revelation to the global landscape, other announcements include the theory of who the new Black Panther will be. The subject of Chadwick Boseman’s death sets the tone of the film and it was clearly expressed as a significant driving force within the context.

Black Panther Wakanda Forever
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever poster

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The 132-second peek into the machinations of Wakanda in the aftermath of King T’Challa’s death puts Queen Ramonda, mother of T’Challa and Shuri and Queen Mother of Wakanda, in the immediate position of power. Angela Bassett shines in her role while delivering a smoldering performance that stuns as much as it serves as a painful reminder of where we now stand within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Who Will Rise To Serve As The New Black Panther?

Chadwick Boseman’s role within the MCU as Black Panther was one that was encapsulated by a title and what it stands for. Black Panther is a symbol rather than a person and consequently, the mantle can be passed down to whoever is deemed worthy. Wakanda Forever appoints the successor, the new Black Panther, and keeps the legacy alive. However, Wakanda is a matriarch, and so, heads definitively turn toward the logical conclusion that it is the women of the veiled country who are in desideratum of being hailed as the one chosen to serve Bast next.

Wakanda Forever sets up the successor of T'Challa
Wakanda Forever sets up the successor of T’Challa

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Given Okoye’s devotion to serving the Dora Milaje above all else and her consequential appearance in the teaser as such, it is unlikely for Danai Gurira’s character to take on the mantle. Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o, also has a high likelihood of becoming the new Black Panther as it is she who witnessed firsthand the hardship of her people and expertly advised T’Challa on several political and social affairs.

Letitia Wright’s Shuri, on the other hand, is not only qualified for the role but has also been at the forefront in terms of battlefield experience, respect for familial legacy, and what it takes to be the descendant of the Panther God-blessed Bashenga, the first of her line. If the film keeps true to the original comic storyline, Shuri will be the one to take up the mantle in the absence of T’Challa.

New Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer pays tribute to Boseman T'Challa in universe
Wakanda Forever pays tribute to Boseman/T’Challa in-universe

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The New Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Teaser Synopsis

The Wakanda Forever teaser brings out Namor, the Avenging Son of Atlanta, as he sets the stage for an all-out war between Wakanda and Atlantis. A hand enclosed in an upgraded yet classic Vibranium-infused Black Panther suit snatches out its claws that glint in the golden sheen of burning fire — thus establishing the continuation of the legacy of Bashenga. The backdrop of the entire clip is set against the tune of the Nigerian singer, Tems’ baleful rendition of the Bob Marley reggae classic No Woman, No Cry. It is powerful enough to draw a tear.

Sub-Mariner, Namor in Wakanda Forever
Sub-Mariner, Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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Chadwick Boseman molded into the character of Black Panther and brought it to life since his first appearance as the superhero in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. He stood strong and he stood out and redefined what makes a hero. Boseman’s tragic and untimely passing in 2020 left the global community devastated and this film categorically serves as an homage to the master and his legacy.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres on November 11, 2022.

Watch the new Black Panther 2 trailer here.

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.