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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Trailer Reveals an Ironheart/Namor Showdown

The latest trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever teases an exhilarating battle between Ironheart and Namor.

At the 0:22 mark, viewers will catch a peek at Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) flying over a body of water in what appears to the Mk. II Ironheart armor. While she readies her weapons, Namor (Tenoch Huerta) can be seen dashing through the skies, seemingly aiming right for the technological hero. Right before this impending clash, the trailer highlight's Ironheart's heads-up display that mimics that of Iron Man.

While the cause of the pair's conflict is currently unknown, Wakanda Forever's marketing suggests that Riri Williams will be working alongside Black Panther to defeat Namor who's seemingly intent to wage war on the advanced surface nation. Many fans believe the Submariner will serve as the movie's villain but Marvel Studio's official synopsis describes him as more of an anti-hero. "Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation" will alert Wakanda "to a global threat and his disturbing plan to thwart it," reads the official description. At the time of writing, the nature of the danger is currently unknown.

Ironheart Is Finally Here

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever marks Ironheart's Marvel Cinematic Debut but Thorne hadn't always had her eyes set on Riri Williams. The actor noted that she had originally auditioned for the part of Shuri in 2018's Black Panther. While the role eventually went to Letitia Wright, who many fans suspect will be the one to take over the Black Panther mantle, Thorne promised that Wakanda Forever will do right by Ironheart. "There couldn’t be a safer runway for Riri to come into her genius and her superherodom than in the world of Wakanda, which is known as being a haven for Black brilliance," Thorne said. "It's us getting to know her as she’s getting to know this side of herself, and how she can potentially impact the world."

With the building excitement around Wakanda Forever, many enthusiasts are still wondering how the film will approach the topic of the late Chadwick Boseman. The beloved actor played T'Challa in several MCU productions and passed away in 2020 while the sequel was in the early stages of development. Some fans have called on Marvel Studios to recast the role, insisting that the character represents more than the actor. Despite the campaigning, T'Challa will not be played by a different actor and the movie will address his death. "It just felt like it was much too soon to recast," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Fiege. "The world is still processing the loss of Chad. And [director and co-writer] Ryan [Coogler] poured that into the story."

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives in theaters on Nov. 11.

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