New “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” Teaser Showcases Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up”
With co-writer/director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever now just a week away, we’re officially in countdown mode. And we’re not the only ones. Marvel Studios has released this new, moving teaser which fronts Rihanna’s gorgeous new song for the film “Lift Me Up.” The teaser lets Rihanna’s voice do the talking for what’s on screen, which shows not only Wakandans in mourning after the loss of their king, T’Challa (the late Chadwick Boseman), but also reveals their apparent rivals, the Talocans, in moments of tenderness and beauty. The teaser showcases the two vibrant cultures that will clash in the film now that Wakanda is reeling from the loss of its leader, and the Talocan leader, Namor (Tenoch Huerta), senses a power vacuum. He also has a bone to pick with Wakanda, thanks to the fact they revealed their existence to the world, potentially, in his mind, threatening his own secretive kingdom.
We, too, are still reeling from the loss of Boseman back in August of 2020, and Wakanda Forever will be that rare superhero film that will carry with it so much more significance than mere entertainment value.
The film will be centered on Wakanda in the aftermath of T’Challa’s death as it strains to find its footing and, perhaps, anoint a new Black Panther. We’ve already seen in the trailers that a woman answers the call—is it Shuri (Letitia Wright), as most fans suspect?—while facing a new threat in the form of Namor, the leader of the underwater empire of Talocan, and his vast and powerful army.
Wakanda Forever sees the return of many of the stars from the original Black Panther, including Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, and Winston Duke as M’Baku. Newcomers joining Huerta include Michaela Coel as Aneka, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, aka Ironheart, and Mabel Cadena as Namora.
Check out the new teaser below. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives on November 11.
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Featured image: Letitia Wright as Shuri in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.