Premiere: November 11, 2022
Ryan Coogler came back to write and direct the sequel to one of Marvel Studio’s most successful solo films to date and fans are eager to see what’s next for the King of Wakanda. Coogler certainly left some interesting threads hanging at the end of 2018’s Black Panther and while he could pick those up and run with them, fans seem desperate to see Namor introduced in the sequel.
Following the death of star Chadwick Boseman, Marvel Studios has decided not to recast the role of T’Challa and will instead focus on other characters from the “world of Wakanda.” That was somewhat confirmed in the movie’s title that was disclosed in May 2021 on an official Marvel Studios Phase 4 Trailer.
Meeting fan’s expectations, it was reported in early June 2021 that the Sub-Mariner himself, Namor, would indeed be making his MCU debut in the movie, with Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta attached to the role. Furthermore, Namor’s cousin Namora and the warlord Attuma will also make appearances in the feature. With news that Atlantis would make its MCU debut in the Black Panther sequel, early reports hinted at the plot of the feature being focused on a war between Wakanda and the sunken civilization ruled by Namor, surrounding the access to vibranium.
Principal photography was reported to have started by early July 2021. With the feature set for a July 2022 release, this is perfectly aligned with past MCU projects’ schedules. In August, with shooting already underway, it was confirmed that Mabel Cadena had joined the cast as Namora and that Dominique Throne, playing Riri Williams, would make her MCU debut ahead of her upcoming series, Ironheart.
Following what is expected to be the final post-pandemic reschedule of the Marvel Studios slate, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has seen its premiere shifted to November 11, 2022.
Production is set to head out to Puerto Rico, a location that will be used as a backdrop for Haiti, further acknowledging Namor’s presence as a pivotal part of the movie’s plot.
Further details about the feature were, as they often are, revealed through merchandise leaks: Fans got their first look at Namor and Riri Williams was confirmed to be using her very own Mark 1 armor.
- Letitia Wright as Shuri
- Tenoch Huerta as Namor
- Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia
- Danai Gurira as Okoye
- Mabel Cadena as Namora
- Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams
- Winston Duke as M’Baku
- Florence Kasumba as Ayo
- Michaela Coel as Aneka
- Martin Freeman as Everett Ross
- Angela Bassett as Ramonda
- Alex Livinalli as Attuma