“Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever” represents the finale of Marvel Phase 4. It turns some things upside down and introduces new characters like Namor and Riri Williams. We explain the ending and the scene after the credits!
- “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is the latest blockbuster to be released from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
- The movie tells the story of King T’Challa’s legacy after the king’s unexpected death.
- We explain the ending of the movie, the post-credits scenes, and what it means for the MCU future!
The new blockbuster of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has started in cinemas: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”. Even if the film is at heart a funeral service for actor Chadwick Boseman, it also establishes completely new elements for the entire MCU. From Marvel’s Aquaman version Namor to Riri Williams getting her own Disney+ series! We explain the ending of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Black Panther 2: What Happened?
The movie opens with the death of T’Challa. He dies unexpectedly from an unnamed illness. Similarly quickly and surprisingly, actor Chadwick Boseman has also passed away. Afterwards, Shuri (Letitia Wright) blames herself for not being able to save her brother.
Meanwhile, United Nations states want to win the Vibranium for themselves. Instead of attacking Wakanda, they come across vibranium in the sea and want to claim it for themselves. But they have messed with the wrong guy: Namor (Tenoch Huerta), king of Talokan, the Atlantis of the MCU.
Namor wants to protect his kingdom and decides to attack the overwater world. To do this, he wants to win Wakanda as an ally. He sees no other solution, since all countries will always claim only the vibranium of Wakanda and Talokan. Shuri understands him, but does not want to join him.
Namor attacks Wakanda, killing the queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett). Shuri is beside herself with rage and finally takes up the legacy as the new Black Panther. M’Baku (Winston Duke), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and co. follow her on her quest for revenge against Talokan. However, she shows mercy in the fight against Namor. Namor and Shuri become allies.
In the end, however, Namor reveals to Namora that he is just waiting for Wakanda to be attacked by the United Nations or a nation, so Wakanda asks Talokan for help. Then Namor will have his revenge on the people who enslaved his people and want to take away what he protects.
Meanwhile, M’Baku claims the throne in Wakanda, while Shuri goes to Haiti with Nakia. There, in the first scene after the credits, she meets a special person.
1st scene after the credits: Shuri meets Toussaint
Nakia introduces Shuri to her son, Toussaint. This one is around 6 years old and as it turns out, it’s T’Challa Junior, T’Challa and Nakia’s common son. Shuri is excited to meet her nephew. What will happen to T’Challa Jr. is unclear. Rumor has it that we can expect a Disney+ series about the young prince of Wakanda.
Scene 2 after the credits: Doesn’t exist!
Surprisingly, there is no second scene after the credits in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” According to initial leaks, a scene with the “Fantastic Four” villain Doctor Doom was supposed to be included, but it looks like this didn’t happen.
Namor: What’s next for the “Black Panther” villain?
Namor is the Marvel version of Aquaman. Or so it seems. In the comics, Namor is one of the oldest superheroes. He is the ruler of Atlantis, which became Talokan in the movie. He appears as both a villain and a hero. In the MCU, Namor is neither. But he is more villain than hero.
Which projects he will grace with his presence next is unclear. Since Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back as Val in “Wakanda Forever” and will lead the “Thunderbolts,” Namor could be linked to the Thunderbolts, the “Suicide Squad” for Marvel. Val recruiting him is unlikely. If Namor were to appear in “Thunderbolts,” it would be as an antagonist.
Midnight Angel: Who did Okoye become at the end of “Black Panther 2”?
In the final battle against Talokan, Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Aneka (Mikaela Coel) no longer fight as Dora Milaje, but as Midnight Angels. In the Marvel comics, the Midnight Angels are an elite squad of the Dora Milaje. In the movies, this now seems to have been adopted.
Black Panther 2: Will M’Baku now be king of Wakanda?
With Shuri not showing up for the coronation ritual and M’Baku staking his claim, it’s entirely possible that in subsequent MCU films M’Baku will sit on the throne. I wonder if this will make him the new Black Panther? Unlikely … unless there are multiple Black Panthers.
Black Panther 2: What’s next for Riri Williams?
Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) has become the new “Iron Man” in a sense in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” She goes by the name Ironheart in the Marvel comics. Work is currently underway on a Disney+ series titled “Ironheart,” in which Thorne will return as Riri Williams. She will become part of the Young Avengers.
Black Panther: Val and the Thunderbolts
Julia Louis-Dreyfus first appeared in “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” and finally in “Black Widow.” She seems to be assembling a team of antiheroes. She will also lead the team in the upcoming film “Thunderbolts.” Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova and Sebastian Stan as Bucky are confirmed for the film so far.
In addition, Tim Roth’s Abomination and possibly Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo are also expected to play roles in the film. The namesake, Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, will reportedly be taken over by Harrison Ford after the actual actor, William Hurt, passed away.