The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever official teaser trailer was a big hit among MCU fans when it premiered this past Saturday at San Diego Comic Con ’22. The trailer, which put the hashtag #WakandaForever at the top spot for over 5 hours on Twitter, was notable not only for the fact that it teased the first MCU appearance of one of Marvel Comics’ most long-standing and important characters in Namor, the Sub-Mariner (played by Tenoch Huerta of Narcos: Mexico and Sin Nombre fame) and featured an impeccable conflation of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and Kendrick Lamar’s “We Gon Be Alright” as the background music, but for its far-reaching emotional subject matter — most notably, the aftermath of Black Panther/T’Challa’s death (whose actor Chadwick Boseman passed in August of 2020 after battling cancer).
Returning director Ryan Coogler touched upon Boseman’s impact as MCU’s Black Panther to the crowd in Hall H at SDCC ’22, as well as his reflections on introducing the first film to the crowd at SDCC in 2017.
“Chadwick had these huge hands and he was just squeezing down on my shoulders. I felt his hand the rest of the day,” Coogler said of he and Boseman’s first experience at SDCC in 2017, where the two of them revealed the trailer for the first Black Panther film. “I promise you, I can feel his hand on me right now.”
“Chad’s passion and genius and his culture and the impact he made on this industry will be felt forever,” Coogler continued. “We put our love for Chadwick into this film. We also put our passion. This film has a ton of action and humor. It’s also a roller coaster of a movie. It goes to new places in Wakanda that we’ve never been before but other corners of the MCU.”
Dominique Thorne, of If Beale Street Could Talk and Judas and the Black Messiah fame, who will be debuting as Riri Williams AKA Ironheart, the successor to Tony Stark’s Iron Man, added, “I think we all know that the impact that Black Panther had on the world is indelible, it’s indescribable, it’s physical, emotional, mental and most of all spiritual. So to be a part of it returning to the screen and highlighting these beautiful stories from this very necessary perspective, it’s a blessing.”
The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever official teaser trailer raked in 172 million views during its first 24 hours, a number which almost doubled that of the highly-acclaimed first film, 2018’s Black Panther, whose trailer accrued 88 million views back in 2017. The view count puts it behind only the official teaser trailers for Spider-Man: No Way Home, which has the top spot at 355.5 million views; Thor: Love and Thunder (209 million views) as well as the four Avengers films.
Although the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever official teaser trailer seemed to glimpse what looked to be a new character donning the mantle and suit of Black Panther towards the end of the trailer, it’s still unknown at this time which character this might be. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
What did you think of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever official teaser trailer? Let us know in the comments. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11th, 2022.