"Black Panther Will Return": Like almost all MCU films of recent years, "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" also ends with a clear indication that this will not be the last film appearance of Black Panther. And unlike the last time with "Eternals", the reactions of fans and the trade press as well as the box office results are also right. Long story short: "Black Panther 3" has not yet been announced, but that should only be a matter of form. But what's next?
Of course, there is no official information about this either. However, like most MCU films and series from the current phase 4, "Wakanda Forever" is a fairly stand-alone film. Most of the developments in "Black Panther 2" should therefore serve more to prepare a sequel than the upcoming "Avengers 5" and "Avengers 6".
Exceptions to this are the storyline about Everett Ross and Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, who are likely to be positioned for "Captain America 4" and "Thunderbolts", and of course Riri Williams. He will soon have her own series "Ironheart".
TOUSSAINT AKA PRINCE T'CHALLA
In our opinion, three main elements and developments in "Wakanda Forever" should be important for "Black Panther 3". The clearest, and perhaps most important, is that the late King and Black Panther T'Challa has a son - Toussaint aka Prince T'Challa.
Of course, in order for him to play a really important role in the MCU, he has to get a lot older, but "Avengers: Endgame" has already proven how quickly a few years can go by in the Marvel Universe - not to mention any multiverse shenanigans, that we may face in the coming years.
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So Toussaint's appearance is definitely not a coincidence - especially because a number of young heroes have already been introduced in recent years, which increasingly points to one or more Young Avengers teams. You can find out more about this in this article:
M'BAKU AS THE NEW BLACK PANTHER?
It's a little less clear who actually wears the crown of Wakanda at the end of "Black Panther 2" and thus also serves as Black Panther. After the deaths of T'Challa and Queen Ramonda, the throne actually remains vacant until Shuri becomes the Black Panther.
At the end of the film, however, she does not appear at the ceremony known from the first "Black Panther". And M'Baku, with whom she has previously discussed the question of the future of Wakanda, may present himself as the new king – and new Black Panther? - apply.
It is at least suggested that this is happening with Shuri's consent because she herself is taking care of her grieving work for the time being. She may have realized that she wasn't fit to be queen until she processed and understood her thirst for revenge fueled by Killmonger.
A "Black Panther 3" would probably have a new main character with M'Baku. The reports from the environment of the shooting will also have played a role, according to which Shuri actress Letitia Wright and Disney clashed over their refusal to vaccinate. This is probably one of the reasons why it is left open whether Shuri will return to the life of a superhero or turn her back on it forever.
TALOKAN & WAKANDA: ROUND #2
And last but not least there is an interesting comment from Namor in “Wakanda Forever”, who says after the duel with Shuri and the truce with Wakanda that the last word has not yet been spoken.
Because, and the ruler of Talokan is probably right: The rest of the world will continue to do everything possible to get their hands on the vibration from Wakanda. And sooner or later the people of Wakanda will turn to him and Talokan in their need.