What Happens Next? Black Panther 2's Post-Credits Scene, Explained

Black Panther 2 Post Credits Scene
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(SPOT.ph) With the arrival of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in cinemas, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4 has officially come and gone without an Avengers film. While the fourth phase has set up long-term plotlines, such as that of the forming of the anti-hero team "the Thunderbolts" and the overall Multiverse Saga, one lingering question on everyone's minds is who will take up the mantle of the Black Panther?

Following the untimely death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman in 2020, many have wondered how the franchise will continue without Boseman (and his character T'Challa) as the centerpiece. The trailers for the sequel have teased the arrival of a new Black Panther, but the film makes some excitingly unexpected promises by the end of its massive nearly three-hour runtime. We break down what comes next after the revelations made in the film's post credits scene. Needless to say: Major spoilers ahead.

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Black Panther Wakanda Forever's post credits scene, explained:

Black Panther Wakanda Forever's only post credits scene comes right after the end titles. The scene picks up right after the main film's ending of Shuri (Letitia Wright) burning her burial garments in a symbolic act of accepting the deaths of her brother T'Challa and mother Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett). T'Challa's former flame, Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) then approaches Shuri and introduces her to a boy.

Nakia introduces the boy as her and T'Challa's secret child. She reveals that she had him in between the events of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War and that she and T'Challa agreed to raise him in secret in Haiti in order to keep him away from "the pressures of the throne," a plan Queen Ramonda approved of as well. Nakia ultimately fulfilled this promise during the five-year gap post-Thanos snap in Avengers: Endgamewhich is why the kid is seemingly about six years old in the scene.

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In a heartwarming twist, it turns out the boy's Wakandan name is also T'Challa, named after... well, you know. For those who haven't read the comics, don't worry; this isn't a straight adaptation from the Black Panther mythos. This is undoubtedly Marvel's workaround for bringing T'Challa back into the cinematic universe, without having to "recast" the character.

While T'Challa did have children in some alternate universe comics, most notably Azari from the 2008 animated movie Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, the precedent for this storyline is quite minimal. We're thinking this new T'Challa will just allow for the filmmakers to continue bringing the stories of the comics' T'Challa to the big screen.

With the Heart-Shaped Herb back in play now, we can see this young T'Challa taking up the Black Panther mantle at an early age and being part of a team of young superheroes like Ms. MarvelHawkeye's Kate Bishop, and the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp's Cassie Lang.

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Even more notably, now that mutants are in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now with Ms. Marvel and the film's very own winged-foot merman Namor, we could very well witness this T'Challa grow up to marry the X-Men's Ororo Monroe (a.k.a. Storm), as T'Challa does in modern comics. Should they cast on the younger side for Storm, it'd make sense, since Boseman's T'Challa was never likely to get involved with Storm due to his bethrothal to Nakia.

Essentially, there are many stories still to tell with T'Challa and Marvel now has the avenue to continue exploring them without recasting Boseman or repurposing other characters like Shuri to fit T'Challa's role. Bottom line: the Black Panther lives!

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