‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ post-credits scene explained

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains major spoilers for the end and mid-credits scenes in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, currently in theaters.

At San Diego Comic-Con in July, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige took the stage in Hall H and for the first time outlined the grand plan for the Multiverse saga – including Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which opens this weekend . mark the conclusion of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, this designation is more symbolic than literal.

Wakanda Forever is unmistakably an extraordinary event, serving a poignant farewell to both the franchise’s late star, Chadwick Boseman, and the stirring hero he portrayed, King T’Challa. But in the context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film doesn’t really come to a close. Unlike 2012’s The Avengers (phase 1 conclusion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (phase 2 conclusion) Ryan Coogler’s film doesn’t blend various storytelling strands from previous MCU films into an engaging team- Adventure together, nor does it set the stage for the larger story that is yet to unfold.

Yes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus continues her peripatetic run as mysterious government agent Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, seemingly promoted to director of the CIA. But even as Wakanda mourns the loss of T’Challa, no other MCU superhero shows up – not Sam Wilson or Bucky Barnes, not Doctor Strange or Clint Barton, not Thor or Valkyrie or Bruce Banner, all of whom played important roles in stage 4

Instead, “Wakanda Forever” does what nearly every other film and streaming series has done in Phase 4: Rather than knitting together a coherent narrative tapestry, the film continues its own individual narrative while making brand new branches into the increasingly unwieldy MCU multiverse sprouts. Even the post-credits scenes have moved away from teasing future MCU films, instead placing new characters in each individual franchise, allowing Harry Styles, Charlize Theron, and Brett Goldstein to appear as key MCU characters for two seconds, but no MCU title calling home. (More on that in a moment.)

In the film itself, “Wakanda Forever” introduces the all-powerful Namor (Tenoch Huerta Mejía) and the secret underwater kingdom of Talokan as the only civilization on Earth other than Wakanda to benefit from the wonders of Vibranium. This reality brings the realms into violent conflict until Namor and Wakanda’s new Black Panther, Shuri (Letitia Wright), declare a truce. At the end of the film, Namor predicts that the rest of the world’s lust for Wakanda’s vibranium will compel the country to turn to Talokan as an ally – which sounds a lot more like preparation for Black Panther 3 than anything associated with the larger Multiverse saga.

Similarly, brand new character Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) begins a storyline in Wakanda Forever, which will be continued next year in the Disney+ series Ironheart, which Coogler’s Proximity Media is producing with Marvel Studios.

Namor and Riri are both fabulous additions to the MCU, as are the charismatic actors who portray them, and there’s every reason to think they could have a role in future movies beyond the Black Panther franchise – but how could they play a role in the multiverse saga itself remains unclear. (Even if someone were to mention the gigantic marble statue of a planet-sized celestial suddenly appearing in the Indian Ocean in Wakanda Forever — i.e., the culmination of 2021’s “Eternals” — you’d think it would be Namor. But, alas, it does he doesn’t, nor does anyone else. The cosmic gaslighting continues!)

And then there’s the film’s mid-credits scene, which is so sublime and moving that I’ll warn any readers who haven’t seen “Wakanda Forever” to wait until they’ve seen the film with that bit to have. Really: It can wait!

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OK: After spending the film avoiding her grief for her brother, the film ends with Shuri traveling to Haiti and the beach house of T’Challa’s lover Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o). Shuri sits by the water, burns her funeral clothes according to Wakanda custom, and finally mourns T’Challa. However, after the film’s credits roll, the film returns directly to Shuri on that beach. Nakia approaches with a little boy, around 5 years old, holding her hand. Nakia introduces him as her son Toussaint, the namesake of Toussaint Louverture, the former slave who led the late 18th-century Haitian revolution. Toussaint then tells Shuri his Wakanda name, which he shares with his father: T’Challa.

It’s a breathtaking moment of gentle grace that the MCU rarely had room for. The scene also hints at further complications for Black Panther 3, given the somewhat confusing way that Wakanda Forever ends with M’Baku (Winston Duke) seemingly vying for the throne with Shuri’s blessing. Keen MCU watchers might also notice that they’re another member of the young superheroes who have been a constant since Phase 4 began: Billy Maximoff (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy Maximoff (Jett Klyne) in WandaVision, Eli Bradley (Elijah Richardson) in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Kid Loki (Jack Veal) in Loki, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) in Hawkeye, America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, “ Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) on “Ms. Marvel” and Love (India Hemsworth) in Thor: Love and Thunder.

Perhaps most telling, however, is that the “Wakanda Forever” post-credits scene ends Phase 4 with absolutely no indication of what lies ahead in Phase 5 or Phase 6: there’s no equivalent of Thanos grinning over his shoulder or Nick Fury his Captain activated Marvel pager. Instead, it’s a tranquil scene of a family beginning to heal their torn emotional wounds through the promise of a new generation.

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Charles Jones

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