Black Panther: Wakanda Forever teaser is a moving tribute to Chadwick Boseman

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Plus a new She-Hulk trailer, sneak peeks at Ant-Man: Quantumania, and more.


A teaser for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever closed out Marvel’s San Diego Comic Con panel.

It has been three years since the last in-person San Diego Comic Con, and Marvel Studios pulled out all the stops for its panel in Hall H, giving us a jam-packed overview of Phases Four, Five, and Six in the MCU. We got a new trailer for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, and those in attendance were able to view exclusive sneak peek teasers for Ant-Man: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and a new crossover series event called Secret Invasion. The panel ended with the first teaser for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Wakanda Forever was already in development when Chadwick Boseman—who played T’Challa in 2018’s Black Panther—died of colon cancer in August 2020. Director Ryan Coogler, Marvel’s Kevin Feige, and many others had been unaware that Boseman was even ill. They decided not to recast T’Challa, nor would they try to insert the character using visual effects, although most of the other main cast members are returning. “His portrayal… is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past,” Feige said in a December 2020 statement.

The finished film is in many ways a tribute to Boseman, and the trailer evokes that sense of loss, set to an almost elegiac cover of “No Woman No Cry.” There’s even a shot of a street mural honoring a deceased T’Challa. T’Challa’s mother, Ramonda (Angela Bassett), and sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), are grieving the loss of their son and brother, respectively, with Ramonda currently sitting on the throne. “I am queen of the most powerful nation in the world, and my entire family is gone,” she says in the only lines of dialogue. “Have I not given everything?”

  • Street mural memorializing T’Challa.


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  • Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Queen Mother, is grieving the death of her son, T’Challa (the late Chadwick Boseman).


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  • Dominque Thorne plays young genius Riri Williams, who is building her Ironheart suit.


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  • Who will take on the Black Panther legacy?


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“I promise you, I feel his hand on me right now,” Coogler said of Boseman during the discussion. “Chad’s passion and genius and his culture and the impact he made on this industry will be felt forever. We put our love for Chadwick into this film. We also put our passion.”

There are plenty of familiar faces. Among the new ones is Namor (Tenoch Huerta), king of a tribe that lives underwater, purportedly related to the Mayans. The trailer also introduces Riri Williams, aka Ironheart (Dominique Thorne), a teen tech genius who is a protegé of Tony Stark in the comics. We see her bond with the equally brilliant Shuri, with another shot showing her making her Ironheart suit. (Thorne will also portray Riri in the forthcoming Ironheart series on Disney+.) The final shot in the trailer is a new Black Panther, shown only from the back, advancing onto a battlefield. Shuri becomes Black Panther in the comics, and it’s possible she’ll do the same in Wakanda Forever, unless another dark horse candidate is lurking in the background.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11, 2022.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law 

Marvel also released a new official trailer for the Disney+ series She-Hulk.

Marvel also unveiled a new trailer for its She-Hulk: Attorney at Law series. Per the official premise: “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law follows Jennifer Walters as she navigates the complicated life of a single, 30-something attorney who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk.” Mark Ruffalo will appear as “Smart Hulk,” Tim Roth will reprise his role as Emil Blonsky/the Abomination from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, and Benedict Wong will be back as Wong. Jameela Jamil plays Titania, a super-strong rival of She-Hulk; Ginger Gonzaga plays Walters’ best friend; and Renee Elise Goldsberry plays Amelia.

The first trailer dropped in May and introduced us to Jennifer, who had just been asked to lead the superhuman law division of her firm. But then her cousin, Bruce Banner, gave her a blood transfusion, and she gained some of his Hulk abilities. Banner becomes her mentor, training her to channel her powers by focusing on her anger and fear (aka “the baseline of any woman just existing”).

During the panel, series creator Jessica Gao described the show as “Marvel’s first true half-hour comedy.” It does seem to have that sitcom vibe, with some superhero action thrown in for good measure—although Jessica is that rare superhero who really isn’t all that keen to be one. The new trailer opens with Jessica sleeping peacefully in human form as a giant green hand enters the frame. It’s Smart Hulk, who awakens her with a loud horn, causing her to change into She-Hulk. Who says scientific experimentation can’t have an element of comedy?

Cue the Hulk/She-Hulk training montage. “‘This is a multi-year journey you’re about to embark on,” Smart-Hulk tells her. Lesson one: “Spandex is your best friend.” She-Hulk nails every task. Smart Hulk reluctantly says she can go back to being a lawyer if she wants, which leads She-Hulk to break the fourth wall (a risky tactic) and address the camera: “He doesn’t really mean that.” She chooses the law.