We are officially less than a year away from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s release. Barring more delays due to COVID, the film is expected to be released next July.
While most of the film’s plot details have been kept under wraps, with production currently underway in Georgia, it was only a matter of time before photos leaked. Tuesday, that’s exactly what happened.
Thanks to TMZ, we have our first unofficial look at both Danai Gurira and Leticia Wright as Okoye and Shuri, respectively.
You can view the photos – compiled by Cosmic Marvel Media – down below:
Now, because these photos are clearly out of context, we have no idea if these characters will actually be wearing these outfits in the film. Nevertheless the fact that Okoye is seen wearing a blazer seems like a deliberate choice, or at least one necessary for the film. I say that especially since Gurira could have shed it along with that dark robe her and Wright are seen wearing in the right photograph.
Considering that Wright’s got a new haircut too, it’s possible the entire cast could be getting a style upgrade for the next film. Is this part of a brand direction Ryan Coogler is taking with his corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Who knows?
With the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman a little over a year ago, there has been much discussion about what would happen next in the series, how they would explain his character’s absence, and who would don the Black Panther mantle.
While we may still have to wait to find out, these photos and the possibilities they possess are more than a feasible distraction.
In addition to Gurira and Wright, returning cast members include Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, and Florence Kasumba. Michaela Coel joins the cast in an undisclosed role, while Tenoch Huerta is heavily rumored to be appearing in the film as Namor the Submariner. Dominique Thorne will also make her MCU debut as Riri Williams a.k.a Ironheart, before later starring in her own titular Disney+ series.
In addition to directing, Coogler is also credited for writing the highly anticipated sequel. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is expected to continue shooting in Georgia until December before making waves in theaters on July 8, 2022.