Who Is the New Black Panther? 5 Most Likely MCU Characters

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is barely a few months out from its November launch in theaters, coming as the ultimate film in Phase 4 of the MCU.

This film is ready to carry some intense feelings as Wakanda goes to battle with Namor the Sub-Mariner’s Talocan, though the African nation may also be mourning the lack of the late Chadwick Boseman’s King T’Challa. Multiple supporting characters from 2018’s Black Panther should step into extra outstanding roles after Marvel determined to not recast the function of T’Challa, which is bound to make for one in every of the most heartbreaking films in MCU historical past.

But although T’Challa is gone, the Black Panther has to stay on in the MCU, as was teased at the finish of the film’s first trailer with a shot of a brand new heroic vibranium swimsuit in motion. The massive query now could be who will step into the Black Panther swimsuit – a query that certainly received’t be answered till the sequel debuts.

Wakanda has a handful of worthy successors to the mantle, together with a few necessary leaders from numerous nationwide tribes and members of T’Challa’s family. And with the King of Wakanda having constructed up relationships with all of them over the years, followers are eagerly ready to see who shall be the one to tackle the accountability of main Wakanda into the future.

Without additional ado, listed here are 5 completely different characters who may very well be sporting the Black Panther swimsuit in November’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.


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At the high of the checklist of potential candidates is Letitia Wright’s Shuri, for quite a lot of causes. She’s the late King T’Challa’s sister and a part of the royal household, she helped to design the very swimsuit she’d be sporting as the Black Panther, and she or he additionally suits the construct of the physique seen at the finish of the first trailer for Wakanda Forever.

Additionally, a LEGO set for the film appears to disclose that Shuri wears the swimsuit in the film, though it is troublesome to inform with the picture being so small. While her function in Black Panther 2 is already an necessary one, she can be younger sufficient to hold the mantle for a while whereas nonetheless serving as one in every of Wakanda’s leaders by its transition interval.

When requested about whether or not she’d be the new main hero, Wright even performed coy with the reply, telling followers to get their ticket shortly after the first trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con. An reply like that unquestionably places Shuri in competition to be the new Black Panther, not confirming something a technique or the different.


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After appearances in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Winston Duke’s M’Baku shall be again to play a major function in Black Panther 2. This function is so massive that he even negotiated a major pay increase to seem as M’Baku for the fourth time, which might tease a promotion in the story itself.

M’Baku stays the chief of the Jabari tribe, which might enable him to not less than problem for the throne of Wakanda, simply as he did towards King T’Challa in 2018’s Black Panther. The beforehand talked about increase might point out that he’ll honor T’Challa by ruling over Wakanda after his loss of life, which may very well be particularly significant now that the Jabari tribe is united with the remainder of their individuals once more.


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Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger is definitely the wildest choice on this checklist, merely as a result of the undeniable fact that he was killed at the finish of Black Panther in his combat with T’Challa. But given his reputation, and taking a look at a few fascinating MCU theories, there is a slight likelihood that followers might see the fan-favorite Marvel villain again in motion for Black Panther 2.

One principle notes that Killmonger might merely be in a state of limbo in the Wakandan afterlife, the Ancestral Plane, equally to how Marc Spector was caught in the Field of Reeds throughout Episode 5 and Episode 6 of Disney+’s Moon Knight. There’s additionally the undeniable fact that Killmonger needed to be buried in the ocean, and with Namor the Sub-Mariner taking part in a giant function as the sequel’s antagonist, Erik Stevens’ physique might definitely come into play with the ocean being such a giant issue.

While Killmonger could also be unlikely, no one is ever really lifeless in the MCU, opening the door for him to probably make an excellent comeback this 12 months.


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Nakia was first proven as any person who wasn’t one in every of Wakanda’s fighters in the authentic Black Panther, even making some extent to Shuri that she’s “not a Dora [Milaje]” when Shuri gave her armor to put on in the ultimate battle. But contemplating her shut relationship with T’Challa, she might discover herself in the operating to change into the new Black Panther.

T’Challa’s loss of life is certainly going to hit her onerous, and with Lupita Nyong’o’s hero at all times in search of methods to Help her nation, she might discover inspiration to tackle extra accountability to guard Wakanda with out its king. Fans additionally have not seen her in motion since 2018, giving her loads of time over the years to change into a extra succesful fighter whereas creating as a personality in different areas.


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Danai Gurira’s Okoye nonetheless holds a outstanding function as the normal of the Dora Milaje, though she took on much more management after The Snap by assembly with the Avengers throughout Endgame. And after T’Challa’s loss of life, her place as the chief of Wakanda’s military ought to result in the normal taking extra accountability, which could wind up together with her suiting up as the new Black Panther by the finish of the sequel.

While Okoye definitely has all the abilities and expertise essential to take over as Wakanda’s protector, there’s an opportunity she could really feel extra comfy remaining in her place with the Dora Milaje. She’ll be a key participant in the nation’s future endeavors regardless of the place she stands with Wakanda’s management, though there are definitely loads of followers who would take pleasure in seeing her in the vibranium swimsuit.

Who Will Become the New Black Panther?

All 5 of those choices are definitely worthy of continuous the Black Panther legacy in Wakanda, and anticipation is excessive to see who should tackle these duties come the finish of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

For now, the most certainly choice appears to be Shuri as a result of how the hero appears to be like in the first trailer on high of her place as T’Challa’s sister and the princess of Wakanda. But there’s additionally an opportunity that the swimsuit goes by a couple of wearer by the course of the film, with the ultimate choice probably coming throughout an intense ultimate second in the story.

Regardless of who winds up on this place, it should stay an intense thriller for followers to see resolved as Phase 4 involves an finish.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will debut in theaters on Friday, November 11. Who do you assume will take over as the new Black Panther? Let us know on Twitter at @MCU_Direct and @TheDirect.

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