Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is easily one of Marvel’s most important Phase 4 releases. Not only does the film reveal the heir to the Black Panther mantle and a surprising political shakeup in Wakanda, it also introduces Namor and the MCU’s version of Atlantis.
Wakanda Forever is clearly setting plenty of things in motion for Phase 5 and beyond, and that means we have a lot of questions about what’s next for Shuri, Namor and the gang. Here are the biggest mysteries from Wakanda Forever we want to see addressed.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Letitia Wright as Shuri, Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, Tenoch Huerta as Namor, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross. The film is in theaters now.
Foreign [Music] Black panther wakanda forever is easily One of Marvel's most important phase 4 Releases not only does the film reveal The heir to the Black Panther mantle and A surprising political shake-up in Wakanda it also introduces Neymar and The mcu's version of Atlantis wakanda Forever is clearly setting plenty of Things in motion for Phase 5 and Beyond And that means we have a lot of Questions about what's next for sure Name or and the Gang here are the Biggest mysteries from wakanda forever We want to see addressed Foreign There aren't many ways the MCU could Have handled the death of actor Chadwick Boseman and the fate of t'challa but Wakanda forever opts to stick as close To reality as possible we learned T'challa became terminally ill Eventually succumbing to his disease Before shuri and her team could Synthesize a new version of the Heart-shaped herb to help save him the Film never actually reveals what disease T'challa suffered from however a Newscast segment simply refers to it as An undisclosed illness did he like Bozeman battle an aggressive form of Cancer or was it another disease Entirely is cancer something even
Wakanda's science has yet to conquer or Was this the mcu's version of vibranium Sickness from the comics we also wonder If the events of the previous MCU movies Might play into t'challa's mysterious Illness was his body dealing with the Side effects of ingesting and expelling The heart-shaped herb multiple times Within the span of a few days did being Snapped by Thanos somehow cause Lingering damage to t'challa's body We'll probably never get answers to These questions as wakanda forever is Much more about grieving for Bozeman and T'challa than exploring the actual Circumstances behind the characters Death still the film leaves plenty of Room for speculation [Music] Riri Williams and her homemade vibranium Detector are definitely the twin Mcguffins of wakanda forever Riri Herself is basically the film's answer To America Chavez as our heroes are Forced to protect her from an All-powerful Force bent on killing her But the sequel leaves some major Unanswered questions regarding the Origins of her invention for one thing How the heck did Riri even manage to Build a machine that detects a metal Found almost nowhere on Earth outside of Wakanda and talocon where did she Acquire a sample to calibrate her device
In the first place and even more Importantly who was this mysterious Professor who sold the machine to the Government this could be the work of Tim Blake Nelson's the leader setting the Stage for Captain America New World Order on the other hand we've been wrong About him before there seems to be some Important backstory to riri's machine And Lake Bell's character Dr Grant that The film never gets around to exploring Maybe the upcoming ironheart series will Dig a little deeper into riri's previous Misadventures and the circumstances Leading into wakanda forever Wakanda forever's climax features an Epic sea battle between the armies of Wakanda and talocon which naturally Raises an important question why would Wakanda make the Strategic blunder of Battling Neymar's people in their home Environment why Fight The Aquatic super People in the ocean when it's clear they Rely heavily on whales and the cover of Water to overwhelm their opponents it's Not exactly the smartest play wakanda's Elite military has ever made one could Argue that the goal was to lure talicon Into a false sense of security by using Riri's machine as a trap but it's still A decision that resulted in a lot of Wakandan casualties and hinged way too Much on the promise that shuri's name or Trap would work had she not lucked out
By catching Neymar in an engine blast Everyone on the wakandan ship would have Been massacred why not simply set up the Name or trap on land and wait for the Talicanil to attack wakanda again Neymar Even said he'd be back in one week [Music] What kind of forever ends with a Surprise shake-up to the Kingdom's Political structure while shuri may have Claimed the mantle of black panther she Seems to have no interest in ruling Wakanda as its Queen instead umbaku Shows up to participate in the Ceremonial challenge suggesting the Throne is about to pass to the leader of The Jabari tribe what exactly does this Mean for wakanda going forward Traditionally the king of wakanda and The Black Panther are one and the same But it appears that's no longer the case It is worth remembering that t'challa Became black panther while his father Still ruled so there's some precedent For the roles being split not to mention The time ramonda spent his queen and the Film does make a strong case for embaku As king given that he was the only Person urging a peaceful level-headed Response to the telecon threat Will risk Eternal War still this twist Creates a lot of uncertainty around Wakanda's political future we also have To wonder how much Leticia writes behind
The scenes controversies may have played Into this ending is Marvel pivoting away From making right the new face of this Franchise The mcu's telecon is far different from The Atlantis of the Marvel Comics Universe this underwater kingdom is Given a revamped origin story in wakanda Forever as we learned the first Italicanil were 16th century Mayans Desperately fleeing the Spanish Conquistadors from their isolationist Culture to their advanced Vibranium-based technology to the fact That they worship a Jaguar God the Teleconil are clearly meant to mirror Wakandans but there is one pretty major Difference between the two Nations Telecon's people have all been Transformed from ordinary humans into Super strong sea dwellers whereas Wakandans are as far as we know Perfectly ordinary on a genetic level That's despite living in an ecosystem Steeped in vibranium and consuming Plants and animals also exposed to Vibranium even the Black Panther merely Gains enhanced strength and senses from The heart-shaped herb and that Transformation is easily reversible why Does vibranium affect teleconil Physiology so much more than it does the Wakandans is the plant that the talica Nail discovered really so different from
The heart-shaped herb or is the fact That a Mayan God was involved a clue That this plant has special mystical Properties above all what does this mean For sure now that she's ingested the Synthetic herb based on telecon's plant Will she begin to exhibit strange new Powers Now that Disney has completed its Acquisition of 21st Century Fox there's A small but growing list of mutant Characters beginning to appear in the MCU Namor is the first to specifically Refer to himself as a mutant as he Relays his tragic personal history to Shuri Namor reveals that exposure to the Vibranium-infused plant in the womb Radically altered his DNA he's neither Human nor tala kanil but a mutant who Possesses Incredible strength very slow Aging and the ability to fly and he can Breathe in both Water and Air obviously Wakanda forever has major implications For the MCU as the journey toward a Proper X-Men movie continues but perhaps The biggest question raised in the Sequel is whether vibranium itself is Responsible for the creation of the Mutant Gene will other characters like Wolverine and Magneto be revealed to Have been exposed to vibranium in the Womb or is Namor effectively patient Zero and his descendants have spent the Past 500 years spreading the mutant Gene
Across the globe thanks to miss Marvel's Season finale we know other mutants are Beginning to emerge Foreign Everett K Ross undergoes quite the bumpy Journey in wakanda forever we learned That Julia louis-dreyfus's mysterious Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is both The director of the CIA and Ross's Ex-wife Ross is forced to choose between Serving his country and his loyalty to His friends in wakanda and in the end His ex is the one who happily arrests Him for treason when last we saw Ross in The sequel he's being liberated by Okoye And presumably being relocated to Wakanda Ross looks to be a man without a Country now a political Refugee given Sanctuary in wakanda where does this Character go from here will he live out His days as an expat or will he try to Clear his name and return to duty and Given that Martin Freeman's character Will be appearing in the upcoming secret Invasion series how will that show build On the events of wakanda forever we also Can't help but wonder why shuri and Okoye would risk an international Incident by liberating Ross wakanda is Already in a precarious place right now And is one colonizer's Freedom worth Risking open conflict with the U.S at The very least couldn't they be a little More stealthy about exfiltrating Ross
Foreign After a handful of appearances that Mostly involve recruiting impressionable Young Heroes to join the Thunderbolts Valentina Allegra de Fontaine returns to Play a much more substantial role in Wakanda forever we have a much clearer Grasp on her motivations now director de Fontaine has tasked herself with Preserving National Security at all Costs and she has her eyes on wakanda's Massive stash of vibranium the sequel Strongly suggests that it's only a Matter of time before the U.S and other Nations make another play for wakanda's Vibranium in fact that could very well Be the premise of 2024's thunderbolts Movie will director de Fontaine dispatch Her new team to wakanda under the Pretext of Defending American interests Maybe wakanda's decision to kidnap her Ex-husband is all the political excuse She needs that would certainly put Bucky In an interesting predicament in the Movie he like Ross owes a great deal to Shuri and her team if director de Fontaine does launch an invasion of Wakanda does that mean the U.S will also Stumble into a war with talicon at this Point the Thunderbolts May wind up being A black panther sequel in all but may Foreign Forever saves its biggest surprise for Last the film's mid-credits scene
Reveals the real reason Nakia has spent The past six years running a school in Haiti she and t'challa had a son whose Cover identity to Saint is a nod to Revolutionary figure Francois Dominique To Saint Louis vuitor t'challa Specifically wanted his son to be raised Outside of the public Spotlight given Everything that happens in this movie That was probably the right call Howl to Saint factor into future black panther Films if at all given his young age it's Not as if the character will be stepping Up to replace mbaku or shuri anytime Soon at this point we don't know if Marvel has specific plans for Toussaint Or if he's simply meant to be a reminder That t'challa's Legacy lives on in the MCU we wouldn't necessarily write off The possibility that Hussein is being Positioned as the New Black Panther in The MCU though both Marvel and DC have Long track records of using time travel And other storytelling loopholes as an Excuse to rapidly age young characters To adulthood Avengers endgame already Ensured that Scott Lang's daughter Cassie is now old enough to become a Size-changing superhero and who knows What affects Avengers Secret Wars may Have on the MCU time line it's also Interesting that t'challa is the latest In a growing line of MCU Heroes to Become parents Morgan Stark is the
Daughter of the late Tony Stark Scarlet Witch magically conjured her sons into Being even Thor has an adopted daughter Now thanks to Thor love and thunder at Some point this stops being a Coincidence and starts looking like a Case of Marvel teeing up the next Generation of Avengers those are our Biggest questions about wakanda forever But what about you where do you hope to See the Black Panther Saga head in Phase Five let us know what you think in the Comments and be sure to like And Subscribe to IGN wherever you like to Watch I am not a woman who enjoys or Repeating herself who are you I have Many names My people call me Well my enemies call me Namor