The wait is over, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuts next week. The hotly anticipated sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, Wakanda Forever takes place in the aftermath of King T’Challa’s death. As his family and the rest of the kingdom mourn, they’re thrust into a fight to protect their small but mighty nation as it finds itself under attack from nefarious world powers.
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres in theaters across the country on Friday, November 11, but as with all recent Marvel films, it’s expected to be available to stream on Disney+ after its theatrical release.
We’ll update this piece with a release date when it’s available, but in the meantime, here’s what you need to know about how and when to stream Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at home.
Where can you stream Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will join the rest of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+ after its theatrical release. While some Disney films, including Jungle Cruise and Mulan, were available for purchase with Disney+ Premier Access, releasing simultaneously on digital platforms as well as theatrically, Disney has done away with that model. Instead, recent Disney and Marvel films have been released in theaters, arriving on Disney+ after a window of anywhere from 45 to 70 days after their theatrical premiere. That means that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever could arrive right around the Christmas holiday this year, or in early 2023.
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What is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever about?
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the 30th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and one of the most anticipated films of 2022. The film co-stars original Black Panther actors Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, all of whom will reprise their roles from the original film. Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed King T’Challa, the titular Black Panther in the original film as well as in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: End Game, died of colon cancer in 2020. The new film will not feature a new actor portraying the character of Black Panther; instead, the story is set after the death of King T’Challa, a loss that threatens the safety of Wakanda and its inhabitants.
The film, which is directed by Ryan Coogler, will also introduce new characters played by Tenoch Huerta, Dominique Thorne, and Michaela Coel.
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The sequel to 2018’s Black Panther is obviously an emotional one for everyone involved with the project—and the audience will almost certainly show up at the theater in droves to see the 29th Marvel Cinematic Universe film. In late summer 2020, Chadwick Boseman—who played T’Challa, the Black Panther, himself—died following a secret bout with colon cancer.
By the looks of it, Wakanda Forever will seek to preserve the actor’s memory, dealing with what looks to be the death of T’Challa in the MCU itself. In the previews of the film so far, we’ve seen the likes of Letitia Wright’s Shuri and Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia grieving the fallen king.
From there, Wakanda Forever will introduce us to a new threat to the country: Tenoch Huerta’s Namor, the King of Atlantis. If we’re being honest? Considering the cultural impact of Black Panther, we’d buy a ticket to Wakanda Forever no matter the plot.
That said, we’re here to let you know exactly how you can take a trip to Wakanda this time around. As always nowadays, there’s only one way to see this MCU jam come release day: the movie theater.
Wakanda Forever will surely hit Disney+ two or three months after its theatrical run—but we highly advise you scour your local movie theater’s website for opening-weekend tickets, if only so no one spoils the film for you. So start your countdown clocks, folks. In the meantime? We feel like a rewatch of Black Panther is in order. Black Panther 2 (2022) Full Movie
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has just released a brand-new clip ahead of its upcoming theatrical release next month. It is the final film in the MCU’s Phase Four and will follow the people of Wakanda as they band together to protect themselves from dangerous forces after the tragic death of T’Challa. The film is also said to honor the late great Chadwick Boseman, who played the title role in 2019’s Black Panther.
The humorous clip presents Marvel fans with some of their favorite returning characters, as well as a new one. The clip opens with Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) invading the college dorm room of Riri Williams AKA Ironheart (Dominique Thorne),
who shouts at them to get out. Ironheart tries to throw a household item at the powerful duo, but Okoye slashes it to bits with a hidden sphere. When Ironheart raises a larger appliance over her head, Okoye happily informs her that she can either come with them to Wakanda willingly, or she will be knocked out and taken there while she’s unconscious.
- When Ironheart retorts by making fun of Okoye’s appearance, Shuri can’t help but laugh. This clip indicates that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will bring plenty of exciting action, but some entertaining humor as well.
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently receiving rave first reactions and is also getting early Oscar buzz. Reviews have praised the cast, its intimate story, and its tribute to Boseman. As the 30th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this early buzz is very impressive. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is not the only upcoming Black Panther property, since a spin-off show set in Wakanda is currently being developed for Disney+.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he wrote with Joe Robert Cole and stars Wright, Gurira, Thorne, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released theatrically on November 11. Check out the latest clip and official synopsis below:
Now, four years later, we’re about to get the sequel to that film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which arrives at a much different time in the arc of the MCU. To better understand where the MCU stands and how Wakanda Forever fits into it, Sam Sanders spoke with Vox’s Marvel expert, Alex Abad-Santos. Black Panther 2 (2022) Full Movie.
Read an excerpt of that conversation below or listen to the full episode of Into It — in which we also ask Vinny Thomas what he thinks of “Lift Me Up,” Rihanna’s contribution to the Wakanda Forever soundtrack — wherever you get your podcasts.
No, this is dangerous territory because Marvel fans are like Star Wars fans. I mean, I grew up reading comic books, and seeing all the comic books come to life is pretty great. But now we’re in Phase Four, a decade into Marvel, and it’s just — there’s a lot of it. If you look at the box office, and if you look at the way people are responding, there was a string there when Marvel was hitting a billion dollars worldwide on every movie.
I don’t think that’s happening in Phase Four as much. Spider-Man: No Way Home, which they did with Sony, obviously did a bajillion dollars, but if you look at, like, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, they aren’t quite hitting the same numbers pandemic put a damper on movie-ticket sales, but according to Box Office Mojo, the MCU opening-weekend takes have indeed been on the decline since Avengers: Endgame. that they were two or three years ago. Black Panther 2 (2022) Full Movie.
That’s understandable because Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame was ten years of storytelling. Marvel movies are coming back down at the box office, but all their success lets them try cool stuff like WandaVision, which was great. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, which just came out, was also fun and kind of silly. And they also get to do, like, weird stuff. They’ve just released something on Disney+ — I don’t know if you’ve seen it — but it’s called Werewolf by Night.
How is that Marvel? Why is that Marvel?
It’s this shot-in-black-and-white, artsy-fartsy, kinda silly, campy horror story that incorporates some of their characters. It’s fun, but it’s stuff that you wouldn’t have seen maybe three or four years ago. But also: There’s just so much of it. Black Panther 2 (2022) Full Movie.
There’s so much. You mentioned the thing that I want you to unpack: Phase Four. I have no idea what you mean.
Marvel revolutionized the way we tell stories and the way the whole industry kind of tells stories when it comes to these superheroes. The idea was they were gonna tell a block of stories — Iron Man, Thor, Captain America — and those were gonna be the first phase of movies. The second phase of movies was gonna add more heroes. And then they were gonna have this team-up movie where it’s the Avengers —
— where they all come together at the end of the phase.
I want you to be really taxonomical right now and just tell me the big players in each of the phases and how they’ve come together because I seriously have no idea.
Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America — played by Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth, respectively — have kind of been the through-line for the first three phases.
Those are your big heroes. And then the second phase of movies added more heroes: the Guardians of the Galaxy and a few other players. And then in Phase Three, we got Black Panther, we got Captain Marvel. Phase Three ended with Endgame, and Endgame was basically “Oop, everyone’s kinda dead or retired except for Thor.”
So we’re at a critical juncture for the MCU. Because in Phase Four, you say, there’s a lot of stuff in flux.
You’ve totally got it. Do you follow sports? Black Panther 2 (2022) Full Movie.
LOL, you’re funny.
It’s as if a team lost all of its stars to free agency. And then you’re reloading this year. And then it’s like the only one you have back is Chris Hemsworth as Thor, who’s probably your center, but he’s not Shaq-level.
He needs a team. Gotcha.
He needs a team.
Okay, then. So, Alex, I hear you talk about these four phases of the MCU and how the world is expanding and how all the characters work together and how Marvel is kind of rewriting the playbook of how superhero-movie stories are told. I kinda wanna geek out about it, but the other side of me says, I’m tired of this. It’s too much. I don’t care.
What would you say to someone who was on the fence about the MCU or doesn’t care at all and doesn’t think they have to? Why should they care?
Marvel is just a giant force within the entertainment industry, and I think that keeping your eye on what stories are being told is kind of useful. It’s like if you follow politics and you don’t follow the Supreme Court. That’s how big Marvel has become. Black Panther 2 (2022) Full Movie.
You could say you don’t follow Marvel, but what does Disney own? Disney owns ABC, and Hulu, and has its hands in so many different pockets. A lot of people say that, because of the way Marvel is and the way it has dominated everything, the entire movie industry has kind of wrapped itself around Marvel’s ideals.
Oh, totally. TV as well.
Like, you don’t see a midsize movie anymore. You don’t see executives rush out to do a rom-com anymore because they wanna make a lotta money doing a superhero movie, doing a sequel, or mining IP. And that’s kinda disturbing.
That matters, yeah.
It makes me sad because I love a good mid-budget rom-com. How are you gonna get another Hangover or a Superbad or something in the middle?
The bar has to be higher for any film to get me into a theater. Knowing that, all executives are gonna go to things that they know can guarantee people being butts in seats. How much of this is a symptom of the rise of streaming as opposed to the rise of Marvel?
Part of it is our movie tastes and the way we consume media now, yeah. It is different than it was 15, or 20 years ago. One of the recent examples is Bros, right? No one saw Bros. It was just kind of a disappointment.
I saw it twice. I was doing the work. But, yeah, go ahead.
But, like, no … Even if it wasn’t the first big gay rom-com, how are you gonna get people to see a rom-com in a theater?
Especially when you have Netflix making a new rom-com every week. And it’s decent.
Or the Hallmark Channel. And it’s just like, What makes this one special?
In the music industry, only the biggest brands survive. But if you’re Beyoncé or Taylor Swift and you sell a bunch of albums, no one’s gonna sit there and say, “Well, Taylor Swift caused all of the problems with the modern music industry.” They’re just gonna say, “She managed to ride the wave and survive this era of flux.” It’s not Marvel’s fault they succeeded.
But is it that all executives lack creativity? Or is it also the audience being that dumb and continuing to go to those superhero-movie sequels? We can vote with our pocketbooks, and we’re voting for the things the executives keep giving us.
It’s like the chicken or the egg. Please, give me something new.
Yeah. So then how does the new Black Panther release play into the state of the MCU? I just assume that it will inevitably leave the MCU stronger and bigger and more well-liked. Am I wrong to assume that?
It’s in good hands. I have to see it still, but I think people are genuinely excited. I
It kinda feels like a restore-to-order moment. No one wants to see this movie do badly.
This interview excerpt has been condensed and edited.
When a person loses a loved one, you never quite get over it. But, eventually, you do have to move forward. And that was one of the many dilemmas the cast and crew of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had. What do you do in a sequel to a movie whose star, Chadwick Boseman, tragically died? Do you recast the role? Do you even make the movie?
Watch a video of the filmmakers below, followed by the rest of the article.
“[Chadwick’s] passing was sudden. It hit us really hard,” Moore told io9. “And you do have the thought of maybe we should just stop. Certainly, sequels aren’t a mandate. Many movies have existed as one-offs and they’re fantastic. Maybe Black Panther just lives on its own bubble. And then you start to have the other conversation, which is it did mean so much to people.
That doesn’t leave a bad taste in our mouths? And that’s why recasting was never really a consideration, to be honest. How could Black Panther: Wakanda Forever balance that action with the story of loss?
“That was the work, actually,” Coogler told io9.
all the other crew and even down to the editing,” Coogler said. “Just trying to make sure we struck the right balance.
The whole process was always a balancing act.
Black Panther Wakanda Forever opens in theaters on November 11.