preview for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever | Official Trailer

When Ryan Coogler talks, everyone listens. Marvel’s Comic-Con extravaganza, which went down Saturday night in San Diego, was a dizzying swirl of Avengers news, group cooing at Baby Rocket Racoon, and words from Marvel’s slate of A-listers. But when the director took the stage to speak about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever after a thrilling musical performance, the crowd fell silent.

Coogler told a loving story about his last time at Comic-Con, when he showed the first footage of 2018’s Black Panther to a rapturous audience. The late Chadwick Boseman sat next to him, gripping his arm so hard that it hurt. Coogler said that he could feel Boseman’s hand, still, speaking to the crowd last night. To hear Coogler and Wakanda Forever‘s cast speak about Boseman and the 2018 Best Picture nominee would’ve been enough. Of course, though, given that Wakanda Forever is set for a November 11 release, Coogler treated fans to film’s the first trailer.

Opening with a soft cover of Bob Marley‘s “No Woman, No Cry” that slowly morphs to Kendrick Lamar‘s “Alright,” Wakanda Forever‘s preview seems to catch up with a nation in loss. Now, we still don’t know how Wakanda Forever will pay tribute to Boseman and T’Challa, but Coogler and company will surely treat the loss with the respect he deserves. In the preview, we briefly glimpse T’Challa’s face etched on the side of a building. Letitia Wright’s Shuri and Angela Bassett’s Ramora appear devastated, with the latter tasked with healing Wakanda and its people.

Now, you know there has to be some obstacle in the mix, right? Meet Namor the Sub-Mariner, played by Tenoch Huerta. In the comic books, Namor is the King of Atlantis, gifted with just about every sea-related power you can think of. By the looks of the trailer, Atlantis and Wakanda will somehow be thrown into conflict with each other. We wouldn’t call Namor and the Atlanteans villains, though. If Black Panther taught us anything, it’s that Coogler can make you question the morality and motivations of two opposing sides. See: the way Michael B. Jordan‘s Killmonger criticized Wakanda for not helping those in need elsewhere in the world, despite its resources.

Elsewhere in the trailer, we glimpse Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams, who will appear in Black Panther en route to her solo series, Ironheart, on Disney+. Winston Duke‘s fan-favorite hero, Mbaku, also pops up several times in the trailer, looking like he’ll play a significant role in the battle against the Atlanteans. Guess we’ll find out in November.

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