Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: The Marvel Fan’s Guide, eyes 15 crore weekend figure4 min read
Heart-shaped herb is a plant that thrives on soil rich in vibranium. The vibranium characteristics endow the plant with powers, and it is this herb that must be consumed in order to become the superhuman Black Panther.
Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) destroyed the rest of the heart-shaped herb after ingesting it and killing T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in the first film, hoping to prevent anyone from gaining the Black Panther’s powers and defeating him. However, Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) kept one and used it to resurrect T’Challa. Wakanda is left without a heart-shaped herb and no way to save the dying T’Challa, let alone induct a new Black Panther at the start of Wakanda Forever. Later in the film, Shuri (Letitia Wright) is able to synthesise a new heart-shaped herb using a relic from the vibranium-rich Atlantean city of Talokan.
What’s the deal with Nakia, and what is she doing in Haiti? That was a little perplexing.
The key to understanding Nakia’s plot is remembering that she lost T’Challa twice: once after Thanos’ Snap in Avengers: Infinity War, and again five years later in Avengers: Endgame, when he dies of an unknown illness. That is why she has been gone for six years: She originally fled after the Snap, and she didn’t return even for T’Challa’s funeral five years later, and the majority of Wakanda Forever events take place a year after the funeral. In Haiti, she appears to be taking the time to grieve that Shuri refuses to, and she’s teaching young children—plus there’s one more thing she’s been doing to that won’t be revealed.
What should I be aware of regarding the mid-credits scene? Is there a post-credits sequence?
T’Challa and Nakia secretly had a son, T’Challa Jr., and she has been raising him in Haiti, away from the pressures of monarchy, per T’Challa’s desires, in the mid-credits sequence. Then there’s no post-credits sequence! All we see is the statement “Black Panther will return.” Perhaps they decided that teasing more Marvel product after the sweet mid-credits would be too obnoxious.
Why does Nakia state her son’s name “has a long history”?
She’s referring to his Haitian name, Toussaint. He was named after Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the Haitian Revolution, which not only ended slavery on the island but also inspired anti-colonial revolts around the world. Louverture was such a great leader that his legend grew to the point where he was sometimes thought to have supernatural powers, and his ability to evade capture was once compared to that of a tiger. So: liberation figure with superhuman strength in the shape of a big cat—you get the picture.
In the comics, does T’Challa have a son?
He certainly does! But everything else is different: he’s called Azari T’Challa, and T’Challa père had him with Storm from the X-Men, so he’s not only the next Black Panther, but he also has mutant powers. The Marvel Cinematic Universe appears to be heading in a different direction.
T’Challa did have a son, Azari T’Challa, in the comic books. However, that child exists in an alternate reality, and his mother is Storm, an X-Woman who has yet to be introduced in the MCU or the Black Panther series. T’Challa’s child with Nakia appears to be a completely new character who is not bound by source material. And, given his youth, it appears unlikely that Prince T’Challa will be a major recurring character.
Who is this new Iron Man-like figure? I’m not sure what she was doing in this film, but I like her.
Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne), aka Ironheart, is the character. (You may have noticed the heart-shaped glow in the centre of her supersuit.) She first appeared in the Iron Man comics in 2016, and she became so popular that she now has her own comics, written by Eve Ewing. In terms of what she’s doing in this film, it appears that they’re preparing for her Marvel TV show, which is set to premiere next year.
Is Shuri’s rendition of the adventure rushed? Undoubtedly, T’Challa’s was as well, but within the confines of the MCU, symbolic gestures frequently trump those that are more grounded or emotional. Shuri’s change of heart occurs without much hesitation, quandary, or significant emotional impetus. Despite its flaws, the film gets one thing right: Shuri is the next in line.
Ryan Coogler revealed shortly after the debut of Disney+ that he planned to create a Wakanda series that will explore other areas of the technologically advanced African kingdom and feature numerous distinct individuals. Danai Gurira will feature in a programme about her character Okoye’s genesis tale on the streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s unknown if these two projects are related, but expect to see more of Wakanda on television soon.
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