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The Unofficial Guide for Marvel Fans: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

 The Unofficial Guide for Marvel Fans: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The Unofficial Guide for Marvel Fans: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

What's going on with Nakia, and what is she doing in Haiti? That section was a bit unclear.

Remembering that Nakia lost T'Challa twice will help you comprehend her plot. The first time was after Thanos' Snap in Avengers: Infinity War, and the second time was after his return five years later in Avengers: Endgame, when he passed away once again from an unspecified disease. She has been absent for six years because of this: The majority of the events in Wakanda Forever take place a year after the burial. She first departed after the Snap and didn't return even for T'Challa's funeral, which occurred a little more than five years later. Regarding what she's doing in Haiti, she appears to be grieving in the way that Shuri refuses to do so while also working with young children. There's also one more thing she's been up to that won't be publicised.

What should I know about the scene during the credits? And is there a scene after the credits?

T'Challa and Nakia secretly had a son, T'Challa Jr., who she has been raising in Haiti, free from the demands of monarchy, as T'Challa requested, according to the scene during the middle of the credits. There isn't a post-credits scene either. All that is visible is the statement "Black Panther will return." Maybe they felt it would be tacky to tease more Marvel products after the delightful mid-credits scene.

The name of her son "holds a great history," according to Nakia.

She is referring to his Haitian name, Toussaint. Without a doubt, he bears the name of Toussaint Louverture, the architect of the Haitian Revolution, which not only abolished slavery on the island but also served as a model for anticolonial uprisings all over the world. Because of his outstanding leadership, Louverture's mythology developed to the point where he was occasionally seen as possessing special abilities. One time, he was even compared to a tiger because of his propensity for evading arrest. So, you see the connection: a figure of emancipation with superhuman power in the 
shape of a large cat.

Who is this brand-new Iron Man-like figure? I liked her even if I wasn't really clear what she was accomplishing in this movie.

That is Ironheart, alias Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne). (You might have seen the glowing heart in the middle of her supersuit.) The character first appeared in the Iron Man comics in 2016, and she quickly gained popularity to the point where Eve Ewing is now writing her own comics for the character. It would appear that they are setting up her Marvel TV show, which is scheduled to debut next year, as the explanation for what she is doing in this film.

Since when does Julia Louis-Dreyfus appear in Marvel movies?

to the previous year! After making a brief cameo appearance in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Louis-Dreyfus made her MCU debut in the post-credits scene that followed Black Widow last year. As we've previously discussed, Valentina Allegra de Fontaine's character is somewhat of a double agent in the comics (among her aliases has been Madame Hydra), so we can anticipate that she'll have a bigger role in the future—including in Marvel's upcoming Thunderbolts movie, which is a Suicide Squad-like film about a team of villains and is set to release in 2024—and possibly in a way that might be challenging for poor Ever.

Martin Freeman is here, but why?

You might recall that Martin Freeman's Everett Ross, a CIA agent who provides important context for Killmonger's black ops training and eventually fights alongside the Wakandans in their struggle for freedom, had a small part in the first Black Panther. His only real purpose in Wakanda Forever is to tell Shuri and Okoye where to find Riri, to argue with Director de Fontaine about her all-American desire for vibranium, and to remind viewers that the movie largely ignores the MCU as a whole. Additionally, executives might have felt that the film needed a white character to accomplish something.

I was reminded of Killmonger from the original Black Panther by the new antagonist, Namor. Is he a cartoon character?

Yes, but they really altered him. In comic books, Namor (also known as the Sub-Mariner) is a typical antihero with ankle wings who has sided with and opposed the Good Guys while mostly pursuing retribution against surface-dwellers for their slights against his people. Although the character in this film serves essentially the same purpose as in the comics, his origin is very different.

Instead of being the king of Talokan, Namor is the Prince of Atlantis in the comics. However, writer-director Ryan Coogler has stated that he both wanted to give audiences an alternative to the typical vision of Atlantis (which audiences have known about since it was first imagined by the Greeks and Romans) and that he saw an opportunity.