“Only the most broken people can be the greatest heroes” in the latest trailer. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. While the first trailer for Ryan Coogler’s much-anticipated sequel conveyed a sad message, with the central characters mourning the death of King T’Challa, mirroring the audience’s continued grief over the loss of Chadwick Boseman, the latest trailer focuses more on that. Narration of the film. This hints at the inclusion of an unannounced major Marvel villain.
This trailer is confirmation that T’Challa’s death can’t make the world any smaller, though there’s still a gentle tone that I suspect permeates the film as a means of allowing for collective grief over Boseman. Instead, Wakanda Forever It looks to re-frame T’Challa’s legacy and offer a larger tapestry to consider how loss shapes a nation. Arguably, the latest trailer doesn’t evoke a superhero movie, at least not the ones we’re used to, but rather an epic unfolding through tragedy, faith and determination to lay claim to the future.
Namor isn’t the typical comic-book movie antagonist, and the new footage in the trailer goes a long way to prove that point, providing glimpses of Namor’s Mayan culture, morality, and place among his people that foil him to T’Challa, only as human and driven by duty to his people and his god. With T’Challa gone, Namor is king without equal, which makes his introduction even more interesting. Of course, while it’s natural to lament that we won’t see T’Challa and Namor in this movie, Namor’s inclusion speaks to Coogler’s interest in treating the idea of Thrones as a person.
The film’s poster seems to highlight this, with the Black Panther figure Shuri (Letitia Wright), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and M’Baku symbolically and possibly literally suggesting that, despite the female Black Panther showing up in the trailer, they are all rulers of Wakanda and possibly Black Panther. . Similarly, Namor wearing Kukulcan’s helmet is supported by Namora (Mabel Cadena) and Attuma (Alex Livilli), suggesting that he will not make any move that Namor makes as a ruler. And if the comics are any indication, Namora and Attuma could be the symbolic angel and devil on his shoulder.
Namor is one of Marvel’s first characters to debut Marvel Comics No. 1 (1939), and the villain, hero, and anti-hero, Wakanda and Black Panther’s relationship with the relatively recent Christopher Priest’s run came to prominence. Curry Leopard It ran from 1998 to 2003. Since then, other writers such as Brian Michael Bendis, Jonathan Hickman, and Jason Aaron have developed animosity between the two kings and their empires, with Namor sinking much of Wakanda. Avengers vs. X-Men, causing T’Challa to take up the mantle of King of the Dead, while Shuri rules the rest of Wakanda’s population as Queen and Black Panther. Both make corrections in time Secret WarsRecent clashes in Jason Aaron’s Avengers have put the two at odds once again.
Elements of that conflict are evident in the latest trailer, including a flood of water flowing through Wakanda. Despite the threat of war, and M’Baku’s (Winston Duke) warning that killing Namor would mean killing his people’s god, Huerta makes it clear that Namor is not a villain. Wakanda Forever. The conflict is fueled by the question of what would happen to a nation without a king. Will they get better or worse? That question pushes the narrative Wakanda Forever Beyond just superheroics and into the realm of great fantasy and sci-fi epics Lord of the Rings And mound, We have explored. The weight of leadership of flawed or “broken” individuals is more than can be addressed by mantras of power and responsibility.
T’Challa and Namor straddle the line of king and superhero, and king and anti-hero, respectively. But there is a third point of comparison. In the same Curry Leopard The conflict between T’Challa and Namor, introduced by Priest, was conducted by the Third King, who waged a war against two empires: Doctor Doom. As king and villain, Doom is another look at what the throne means, and in this case it’s really a symbol of the self rather than the nation. However, in the comics Doom’s Latveria is a peaceful nation whose inhabitants have little to worry about and are not forced to fight their ruler’s wars. No one is as broken as Doom, though in Namor’s estimation, does that make him a great hero? Although purely speculative, Huerta’s comments and themes about not being a villain Wakanda Forever Illuminated by the latest trailer, it suggests that Doom will play a role in this epic clash of nations.
Coogler seems to be giving us a chance to mourn Boseman, T’Challa, and the concept of a noble monarchy by pitting Wakanda against Tolokon, and revealing what we value in the nation and its rulers. By deconstructing the iconography and invincibility of royalty, Coogler paves the way for a reconstruction of mythology that speaks to the essence of this character’s abilities and inspires larger truths about what we value.