Marvel Studios has unveiled a trailer for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” – the long-awaited sequel to its hit movie “Black Panther” – which it says will open in theaters across the United States on November 11.
The teaser, screened Saturday at the Comic-Con International pop culture convention in San Diego, features several cast members from the first film, as well as a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who played one of the leads, the King T’Challa. Boseman, whose image appears on a mural in the teaser, died of colon cancer aged 43 in 2020.
The film follows Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), General Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the group of elite female warriors Dora Milaje (including Ayo, played by Florence Kasumba) as they “fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King’s death T’Challa,” the studio said on Saturday in a statement.
“As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must unite with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom. from Wakanda,” the studio added.
The trailer — a visually dazzling glimpse into the future world of Wakanda — is set to a cover of the Bob Marley song “No Woman, No Cry.” Ludwig Goransson, the film’s composer, described it as “a first aural glimpse of Wakanda Forever”.
The film’s “sound world”, he said in the statement, was created during trips to Mexico and Nigeria, where he and others worked with traditional musicians to learn more about the “contexts cultural, social and historical of their music”.
Then they built a catalog of instrumental and vocal recordings with those artists and “began to build a musical vocabulary for Talocan and Wakanda characters, stories and cultures,” Goransson said, adding the idea was to create “an immersive and enveloping sound universe for the film.
The film’s release was announced by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who also noted the upcoming release of several other films and shows, including “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” starring Tatiana Maslany; “Secret Invasion,” featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn; and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”
Speaking at the Comic-Con event on Saturday, Nyong’o said he felt “monumental” to return to Wakanda. “The Wakanda universe is expanding,” she said. “You have a lot to look forward to.”
Gurira, who plays Okoye, Wakanda’s elite bodyguard general and head of the armed forces and intelligence, said that when she grew up in Zimbabwe she always admired the way America was “doing super -heroes on stage and on the big screen”.
To the crowd, she added, “You embrace this culture and celebrate it. That, for me, is everything. »