Long live the king.
Though the late Chadwick Boseman does not star in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, his spirit is very much alive in the movie's first trailer, which debuted at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 during Saturday's Marvel Studios presentation. Wakanda Forever will officially mark the conclusion of Marvel's Phase Four.
Having previously confirmed that the role of T'Challa would not be recast nor would Boseman be resurrected onscreen using CGI, Marvel had yet to give any indication of how the sequel would address the actor's unexpected death in 2020. (Boseman made his final MCU appearance in 2019's Avengers: Endgame, with a voice role in the 2021 animated series What If...?)
The trailer now provides fans with the answer. It also takes moviegoers back to the world of Wakanda, where we rejoin Shuri (Letitia Wright), Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o) and Ramonda (Angela Bassett) as they mourn their loss. "I am queen of the most powerful nation in the world, and my entire family is gone! Have I not given everything?!" Ramonda says in the footage.
The cast also Winston Duke as M'Baku and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, along with franchise newcomers Dominique Thorne (making her debut as Riri Williams, aka Ironheart), Michaela Coel as Aneka, and Tenoch Huerta as Namor the Sub-Mariner.
Wakanda Forever is directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole. Black Panther became the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture, and ultimately won three Oscars: Best Costume Design, Original Score and Production Design.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens in theaters on Nov. 11. Watch the trailer below.