The new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer, which just debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, doesn’t reveal exactly what happened to the futuristic African nation’s young king, but it begins with the women in his life mourning his absence.
We don’t know how he’s gone, but he is gone nonetheless. After Chadwick Boseman’s death from cancer, Marvel Studios announced it would not recast his iconic role as T’Challa, choosing instead to let the hero rest with him.
Boseman is glimpsed on a mural in Wakanda’s capital city while two drummers perform. The entire phrase cannot be seen, but the English translation from the Wakandan alphabet says: “The Panther King Forever Lives In Us And Rests …” Lupita Nyong’o’s “war dog” spy Nakia stares longingly at the sea. Danai Gurira’s Okoye is seen keeping a stiff upper lift, continuing her stoic duties as head of the Dora Milaje.
His mother, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) breaks down in a shout of anguish: “I am queen of the most power nation in the world, and my entire family is gone.” What this implies about her daughter, the engineering genius Shur (Letitia Wright) is a bit unclear as well, but a wedding sequence seems to imply she is the bride, perhaps now drawn away from her home country but love and determination to continue the outreach to the world her brother once asked her to oversee.