Earlier this month, Marvel Studios confirmed that the sequel to the 2018 hit Black Panther would be called Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
This is a perfect title for the film as it has numerous meanings for a sequel that will have to address the loss of Chadwick Boseman.
Sadly, the talented actor died last year in what was a shock to many of his fans who didn’t know how severe his battle with cancer was. Furthermore, when initial reports of a Black Panther 2 film came out last year, many fans and pundits openly asked how they could have a sequel without Boseman.
It’s certainly something that I will be interested in seeing. However, we will all have to wait until the summer of 2022 before it’s released.
Boseman was a very talented actor, but he seemed born to play the Black Panther and he will cast a large shadow over anyone who follows in his footsteps. Boseman brought that role to life on the same level as Robert Downey Jr. did with Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth did with Thor, and Chris Evans did with Captain America.
Yet, One Could Argue That Boseman’s Role Had Far More of a Cultural Impact
Let’s not forget, that the Black Panther was the first ever superhero with African descent. And, Boseman’s portrayal of this character brought to light all of the great things that this superhero embodied.
Within the Black Panther film was a gesture that the Wakandans did to greet each other. They would curl their hands into fists, cross their arms over their chest and greet each other saying Wakanda Forever.
Not only is that greeting a pop culture expression, but it seemed to always be linked to Boseman as well. Another reason why Wakanda Forever is such an appropriate title for the sequel is because it represents the fact that this mythical country will go on forever even without T’Challa as the Black Panther.
The mantle of the Black Panther has been passed down from generation to generation in the comics. The sequel will continue that trend and do so in a way that pays tribute to the late, great Chadwick Boseman.