November's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe back to T'Challa's home country for the first time in over three years. While the sequel will move forward without its king, Black Panther 2 promises to be both a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman and a critical introduction to two major MCU players.
Aside from the debuts of Namor and Ironheart, Wakanda Forever will bring back most of the ensemble from 2018's Black Panther. Supporting stars like Letitia Wright and Winston Duke are returning in a big way, while Danai Gurira could see the sequel as a set-up for a solo series.
Beyond the top-billed stars, key members of Wakandan tribes will also be back for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Black Panther 2 Star Speaks on Sequel
M'Kathu is back.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Danny Sapani called his Marvel family "just amazing" but acknowledged that the atmosphere has felt the late Chadwick Boseman's absence:
“You know, [director] Ryan [Coogler] and the cast and the team at Marvel have just been amazing. We were very lucky to have such a family atmosphere. Obviously, without Chad it’s very different. But we’re gonna keep flying that flag, keep trying to tell that story because it’s just an incredible story and an incredible film."
Regardless of the changes, Sapani believes Black Panther 2 will "blow everyone away," but he isn't ready to back co-star Angela Bassett's comments about the sequel topping the original:
“Well, I don’t think you can compare them, to be honest with you. I think we’re just going to keep telling the story and honoring the great man. All of the people that are involved with that project are very close. I think it makes for a great sort of company feel. So, I imagine it’s going to blow everyone away in the way the first one did.”
What's Next for M'Kathu?
The elder of the Borber Tribe had a limited role in 2018's Black Panther, but rumors about the sequel's plot indicate M'Kathu will be a crucial figure in Wakanda Forever.
The Border Tribe is tasked with protecting Wakanda from foreign threats. Considering Atlantis is set to be a big part of the film's storyline, Sapani's M'Kathu could stand opposite Tenoch Huerta's Namor in numerous scenes.
Wakanda and Atlantis have not always seen eye to eye in the comics, as the two nations have waged war with each other on numerous occasions. The rumored interference of Dr. Doom and Latveria could create a common enemy bond between Wakanda and Atlantis in the end, which would only increase M'Kathu's status within Wakanda's hierarchy of power.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11.