As a celebration of life and a space to explore grief, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever he tells a very independent story. Although the film is the concluding chapter of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the only thing that admits what else may go ahead is the inclusion of Riri Williams, aka Ironheart (Dominique Thorne), a character that is guaranteed to play in his upcoming. Disney+ series. This allows Coogler to patiently explore how Wakanda, and the world, has changed after the death of King T’Challa. Still, sharp-eyed viewers will spot a few comic book references.
Shuri’s (Letitia Wright) new AI assistant is named Griot (and voiced by Trevor Noah). In West African culture, a griot is an itinerant poet, musician, or storyteller who keeps the oral tradition alive. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2016 season continues The Black PantherShuri dies and is reborn as a griot, blessed with knowledge of the entire history of his country and the supernatural ability to revive ancestors, effectively becoming the living embodiment of the griot’s role as history and keeper of the dead.
Namora (Mabel Cadena) is second to Namor’s (Tenoch Huerta). He wears a feathered hat, a reference to the simple one he wore in his first comic appearance. On the page, she is Namor’s lover and cousin (not by blood!) and, oddly enough, has the same mutant powers and winged ankles as Namor. There is a subtle suggestion of a romantic relationship between the two in the Wakanda Forever but it is not explored in depth.
Attuma (Alex Livinalli) is Namor’s warlord, who gives Okoye (Danai Gurira) the fight of his life in a brutal spear fight. He is one of Namor’s oldest enemies in the comics and often challenges the Sub-Mariner’s right to lead. But before they were enemies, they were friends. Wakanda Forever positions Attuma as one of Namor’s most trusted allies, but his bloodlust is obvious. One might wonder how long the relationship between them will last, especially if Attuma doesn’t agree with Namor’s relationship with Wakanda.
The chyron on CNN’s first newscast with Anderson Cooper references Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) memoir. At the beginning of this year, Ms. Marvel revealed that Lang hosted a podcast called Big Me, Little Me. Although the reference may feel small (pun intended), Lang opens up about his experience with the Avengers and explains how the public knows certain important details from the Avengers films, such as the power levels of Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Scarlet. Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), referring to WandaVision again Ms. Marvel.
Throughout the film, Shuri can be seen working in the armor of the Dora Milaje. Okoye doesn’t like the design as it violates Dora customs, but he and Dora’s new addition Aneka (Michaela Coel) go along with the prototypes for the final battle against Talokanil. The weapons were first released in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ magazine. The Black Panther run and designed by artist Brian Stelfreeze. In the comics, Aneka kills an officer she found abusing the women of her tribe, is freed from her duty to the Doras, and wears the armor of the Midnight Angels and Ayo. The two split up in Dora and formed their own group of female protectors of Wakanda.
While presenting his origin story to Shuri, Namor drops the M word, confirming that he is, in fact, a mutant. She is the second character to be referred to as a mutant in the MCU, the previous being Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) in the MCU. Ms. Marvel. However, Namor’s mutation does not seem to be linked to the X-gene as it is in the comics. Instead, at least according to Namor, his pointy ears, winged feet, and speed are the result of his mother eating an aquatic plant laced with Vibranium that mutated her humans while she was pregnant.
During his final battle with Shuri, Namor utters his famous cry, “Imperius Rex.” The name comes from a 1970 comic appearance, 31 years after Namor’s debut. In Latin, this word is translated as “King of the Empire.” There has never been a concrete explanation for the battle cry, but Namor’s creator, Bill Everett, came up with his character’s name by writing “Roman” backwards, and Atlantis had been linked to Greco-Roman history. So maaaybe one can jump from there to “Imperius Rex” as Namor’s natural catchphrase? In fact, it was probably Namor’s battle cry because Stan Lee saw it or heard it somewhere and thought it sounded cool, which was the basis for many of his naming conventions and catchphrases.