[This story contains spoilers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.]
The last moments of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever fulfills Marvel’s promise to honor the past and look to the future after the loss of actor Chadwick Boseman.
The mid-credits scene continues after Shuri (Letitia Wright) finally takes the time to mourn alone for her brother King T’Challa (Boseman), whose death in the film reflects the unexpected passing of the late Boseman. of colon cancer in 2020. At the beginning of Wakanda foreverShuri buries herself in her job, unable to face her anger and guilt over her brother’s death, while her mother Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) encourages her to find closure. As she struggles with her grief, Shuri takes on the mantle of the Black Panther and rises to the top of a conflict that could destroy her world. It is only at the end of the film, in which Shuri cedes the throne to M’Baku (Winston Duke), that young Wakandan can finally take the time to process her grief.
She travels to Haiti and accepts Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) about her earlier offer to live with her. Earlier in the film, audiences learn that Nakia has moved to Haiti to work as a school teacher – a move prompted by Thanos’ invasion. Avengers: Infinity Warin which T’Challa disappeared (before being brought back for a short time, after the events of) Avengers: Endgame).
In the final scene of the film, Shuri follows her late mother’s advice and performs the Wakandan ritual of burning the funeral clothing she wore at T’Challa’s ceremony. What follows is an emotional montage of memories, as Shuri recalls the laughs with her brother – the first time the film shows old footage of Boseman.
During the mid-credits scene, the audience returns to that moment. Shuri sits in front of a beach fire, where she is joined by Nakia and a six-year-old boy named Toussaint (Divine Love Konadu-Sun). Nakia introduces the boy as her son and explains that he is also Shuri’s cousin and T’Challa’s son. At a moment that visibly moves Shuri’s eyes, the boy tells his aunt that his Wakandan name and title is Prince T’Challa, the son of King T’Challa. It’s a recall to the original Black Panther movie, in which T’Challa himself announces, “I am Prince T’Challa, son of King T’Chaka!” when M’Baku challenges him for the throne.
Shuri then asks the important question whether her late mother knew or not, to which Nakia assures her that Ramonda knew and was even able to meet her grandson. Nakia explains to Shuri that she and T’Challa had Toussaint in secret, eventually making the decision to raise him with a normal life away from the pressures of the Wakandan throne. It’s a poignant scene that brings Shuri’s complicated journey to mourn her brother to an end, while also marking a new, hopeful beginning for the hero. Although Shuri will never be able to replace T’Challa in her life, she can now continue their family love and legacy through his son.
With the introduction of a direct heir to T’Challa’s throne, the young prince’s arrival in the MCU implies that he could eventually become the Black Panther and the king of Wakanda. While M’Baku’s current occupation of the throne could complicate matters, Toussaint’s ascent will probably not take place for years to come, until he reaches adulthood.
In the comics, King T’Challa does have a son known as Azari from the Next Avengers timeline. He exists in a multiverse known as Earth-10943, in which T’Challa and the X-Men’s Storm have a romantic relationship, eventually having a son with both his mother’s mutant abilities and Black Panther-like traits. from his father. In this alternate timeline, Ultron (the AI villain from the second) avengers movie) wins, destroys the Avengers and rules Azari’s universe. Thus, the Next Avengers are born, in which Azari and the other children of the late Avengers rise up to defeat Ultron’s regime once and for all.
While Toussaint is clearly not the same character as Azari, it opens the door for Marvel to potentially merge comics and movie storylines for the future of T’Challa’s son. And with the existence of the multiverse, anything remains possible.
After the credits come in Wakanda forever, there is no post-credits scene, but instead a screen telling the audience that “Black Panther will return.” while a third Black Panther episode has not yet been announced, there are several existing opportunities for Shuri and the Wakandans to return to the MCU. The introduction of Ironheart, or Riri Williams, (Dominique Thorne) in the film opens the door to a possible Black Panther appearance in the iron heart to see next fall. In addition, the Black Panther has previously appeared in films in both the Captain America and avengers franchises.
For now, the public is left to reflect on Boseman’s legacy and imagine what’s to come.