The film honors a fallen hero while also introducing a new one.
The highly anticipated Marvel sequel has finally arrived in theatres, bringing audiences back to the fictional African nation of Wakanda.
Wakandan heroines, including Shuri (Letitia Wright), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), are all mourning the loss of their king T’Challa in this sequel directed by Ryan Coogler (Chadwick Boseman, who died unexpectedly in August 2020 after a private battle with colon cancer).
Following T’Challa’s sister Shuri, as she comes to terms with her brother’s death and assumes the role of Black Panther, Wakanda Forever is both a touching memorial to its late star and a joyful adventure.
The film pays tribute to Boseman in several ways, including a heartbreaking burial sequence and a sad montage toward the conclusion.
One of the film’s biggest surprises, though, is saved for after the credits roll; it’s a scene that both remembers T’Challa and ensures that his legacy will live on. Spoilers are coming!
There’s only one post-credits scene in Wakanda Forever, which happens around halfway through the credits (after Rihanna’s emotional “Lift Me Up”).
In this scenario, Shuri pays Nakia a visit to Haiti, where the latter has been living and working as a teacher. The Wakanda royal is introduced to Nakia’s nephew, the son of Nakia and T’Challa.
To protect his son from the politics and pressures of Wakanda, Nakia has been keeping him hidden away in Africa. The young man was born Toussaint, but like his father, he also goes by the Wakandan name T’Challa.
T’Challa, of course, is a tribute to his late father, and it sets up a future where the young kid might follow in the footsteps of his family and take up the mantle of Black Panther, so both names have essential histories.
As for Toussaint, he is honoring the great Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture.
A former slave and great military thinker, Louverture rose to notoriety after being born into slavery on a sugar plantation in the 18th century and going on to lead the only victorious slave insurrection in modern history.
(He was considered the first modern Black superhero by historians.)
This is a refreshing departure from the typical Marvel post-credits scene, which typically has a cheesy reference or a big casting announcement.
Instead, Wakanda Forever opts for a profoundly touching approach, with the scene serving as both an emotional homage to Boseman and a potent glimpse into the future.
Even though Marvel hasn’t confirmed a sequel to Wakanda Forever, the credits roll with a brief card promising (in a James Bond–style font) that “Black Panther will return.”
Wakanda will indeed endure Forever, but when and how will remain mysteries until the final scene of the film?
Is There a Post-Credits Scene for ‘Black Panther’?
There is a Wakanda Forever clip during the credits, but there isn’t one thereafter. Let’s investigate the events of the movie’s second act immediately.
Nakia approaches Shuri and asks if she minds if she and a young boy come along to the beach with them.
The child (played by Divine Love Konadu-Sun) introduces himself to Shuri as Toussaint, but he clarifies that this is simply his Haitian name.
He is T’Challa, the son of King T’Challa of Wakanda. After warning his parents not to attend his funeral, the older T’Challa and Nakia sent their son to Haiti to be raised away from the stress of the monarchy.
In Haiti, they held their own memorial service for him. And before she passed away, Ramonda did meet her grandchild. Black Panther finishes with a simple title board reading, “Black Panther shall return,” a dedication to Chadwick Boseman.