Explanation of the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” post-credits scene and the possibilities of Marvel

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever It landed in theaters earlier this month, bringing us back to the technologically advanced African country as its people mourn the loss of King T’Challa. sequel 2018 Black Panther He is thirty Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, and contains the most poignant scene imaginable.

T’Challa, who has assumed the mantle of the Black Panther in addition to his royal status, is played by Chadwick Boseman, who… He died of colon cancer At age 43 in 2020. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Boseman promised It will not be replaced in the role, and the film marks the debut of the new Black Panther.

And if you stick around after the credits roll, you’ll also be treated to an unexpected part of T’Challa’s legacy. spoilers Before.

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Midcredits Scene: Prince of Wakanda

After making peace with Namor and allowing herself to truly feel, for the first time, the loss of T’Challa, the new Black Panther Shuri (Letitia Wright) burns her funeral outfit on a beach in Haiti, symbolizing the end of her grieving process.

After giving Shuri enough space, T’Challa’s ex-girlfriend Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) goes out to the beach with a toddler (Divine Love Konadu-Sun). She introduces him as Toussaint, the son she had in secret with T’Challa.

Divine love Konadu-Sun in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere

Divine Love Konadu-Sun, who plays Toussaint/Prince T’Challa, rocks a nod to his character’s heritage at the world premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in LA in October.

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Toussaint is a name with a lot of history, Shorey points out—presumably referring to Toussaint Louverture, the most prominent general during the Haitian Revolution. He is credited with leading the most successful enslavement rebellion in history, which led to Haiti declaring itself an independent nation in 1804.

The young Toussaint has been hidden away in Haiti to protect him from the pressures of the Wakandan throne – explaining why Nakia didn’t attend T’Challa’s funeral – but stating that Queen Ramonda was able to meet him before her death. The charming child instantly bonds with Shuri and decides to reveal a secret: Toussaint is his Haitian name, but he also has a Wakandan name.

“My name is Prince T’Challa, son of King T’Challa,” he says.

Excuse me, my eyes got a little wet when I looked back at that moment.

what does that mean?

Marvel has guaranteed that someone named T’Challa will live in their epic cinematic universe. It’s probably too soon to tell when this young man will become King of the Wakandan or Black Panther, as we’ve seen M’Baku challenge the nation’s throne while Shuri holds the heroic mantle.

Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia stands on the beach facing the water

Nakia has been secretly raising her son with T’Challa.

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For now, Prince T’Challa is a possible shot at the next generation of MCU heroes – he represents hope for the future (after… Thor: Love and Thunder, it’s the second consecutive Marvel movie to end with a child Marvel Hero). This scene is also a neat, emotionally satisfying twist on the post-credits tradition of teasing future storylines.

In the comics, T’Challa is still alive and serving both Black Panther and the King of Wakanda. However, he does not have a son with Nakia, and his relationship was the most prominent With Storm of the X-Men (Who has not been introduced in the MCU yet). They got married, but that ended after The Avengers She came into conflict with the X-Men.

Is there a post-credits scene?

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever does not include a post-credits scene but does include a message assuring us that we haven’t seen the last of these characters.

“The Black Panther will be back,” the message states as the credits roll.

A new Black Panther is on the horizon in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Shuri will likely remain as the Black Panther for the foreseeable future.

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what does that mean?

We don’t know where Black Panther will appear next, as the third movie has yet to be announced. a Wakanda-centric Disney Plus series It was announced last year, but it hasn’t been updated since then.

CIA Director Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) also appears morally questionable. lightning formationa superhero team made up of characters with dark pasts, for nefarious purposes.

Val in Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Val’s plan started playing out in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier last year.

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Given Val’s involvement in the events of Wakanda Forever and her admitted desire for vibranium—a rare mineral often found in Wakanda—it’s likely she will target the nation once her supervillain pawns are assembled. Thunderbolts is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 26, 2024.

Wakanda Forever is the final movie in Phase 4 of the MCU, but Shuri could appear in almost any of the films that have been announced Phases 5 and 6. These three phases are collectively known as The Multiverse Saga, an inversion Epic Infinity for Phases 1, 2 and 3.

Currently looks like Conqueror Kang (Who we will meet next February Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania) will be the main villain of this era, but maybe The villain arc more than him It will appear in the coming years. Regardless, future global and global MCU threats will certainly make their way into Wakanda.