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Black Panther 2 could bring a forgotten – and very interesting – element of Phase 4

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“Have I not given you everything?”

    The mighty trailer ‘Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever’ has given fans of MCU much to talk about, (including the final preview of the new ‘Black Panther’), despite the fact that it only contained a single line of dialogue.

    Nevertheless, the particular line is significant. Not only because she is played by Angela Bassett as Ramonda: “I am the queen of the most powerful nation in the world, and my entire family is gone. Haven’t I given it my all?”.

    If you were a little confused, we don’t blame you as the sequel takes place after the death of T’Challa, but we do know that Shuri (Letitia Wright) is in the movie. Does this mean that Marvel has spoiled a major death in the sequel? Of course not.

    What they have probably done is bring back a forgotten item from Phase 4 which may be one of the most interesting.

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    The most logical explanation for this line of dialogue is that this scene is actually taking place five years after the “SNAPS”. Both T’Challa and Shuri were victims of the “SNAP”, which would mean that Ramonda would have taken over Wakanda.

    Who he is targeting is still unclear at this point and we don’t know how much of the sequel will take place during this period. Still, it’s good to know that ‘Wakanda Forever’ will explore – in some way – the effects of SNAP and the impact on the people left behind.

    After the events that altered the world in ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘ Y ‘Avengers: Endgame‘, it seemed like the MCU had found a rich topic to explore. Yes, those who left came back, but the survivors had to live for 5 years with their loss until they returned. How can that loss (and subsequent recovery) impact a person and the entire world?

    If you belong to the MCU, it would seem that you have simply returned to your normal life. And while in almost every Phase 4 release there has been a reference to SNAP or BLIP, it has been nothing more than a little wink and not an exploration in any way.

    In ‘Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness’ perhaps the closest approach with the initial scene between Nicodemus West Y Doctor Strange. West recounts all of those losses in his life and challenges Strange about his decision on Titan.

    This is everything that happens before Doctor Strange deals with all the madness of the multiverse that is unfolding. This could hold true for most Phase 4 releases where there always seems to be something more interesting going on.

    On the other hand, in content in TV format, at least in ‘Falcon and the winter soldier’made the Blip part of their argument as a central pillar with the Without flagwho believe that life was better in the five-year period.

    Regardless, the main focus was on Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, who were snapped. And not because they seem too confused by it, since Sam is more concerned with SHIELD’s legacy and Bucky with his red book.

    Several Phase 4 movies and series have dealt with loss in one way or another, such as ‘WandaVision’ Y ‘hawkeye’, but usually it is rather in a personal way. (In ‘WandaVision’ there is at least one scene that occurs at the same time as the SNAP and the BLIP.)

    There has been no development regarding the cataclysm that SNAP and BLIP produced in the global population. At most, it’s been reduced to a ‘gag‘, as in the conversation between Thor and Jane Foster in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’.

    It’s possible that ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ exploration of these events is based solely on the scene we’ve seen in the trailer. And, if this is the case, this would be a missed opportunity as this is probably the last MCU release that could explore it before ‘Kang: the Conqueror’ and the build up to the epic Phase 6 finale.

    The sequel could (idyllically) focus on developing how shocking the loss is and how it can change the world, given that we know it has to do with the impact on Wakanda following T’Challa’s death, not to mention the loss of Chadwick Boseman to the entirety of the MCU and its fandom.

    We’re not saying this would make ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ an easy premiere to watch, but it would give it added depth compared to the empty spectacle offered by most Phase 4 set pieces to date.

    ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ opens in theaters on November 11. Black Panther is available for viewing now on Disney+.

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