Spoilers for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” are present in this article.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is given an heir to the Wakandan throne in the post-credits scene of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” and it’s not the most obvious one.
At the conclusion of the movie, Princess Shuri is in charge of Wakanda (Letitia Wright). While leading the Wakandans in combat against Namor, Shuri triumphs over the overwhelming anguish brought on by the passing of her mother and brother, King T’Challa/The Black Panther (the late Chadwick Boseman) and Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) (Tenoch Huerta). After her brother’s passing, she assumed the role of Wakanda’s superhero, becoming the new Black Panther.
But Shuri might not have to bear the Wakandan crown’s weight by herself for very long.
Shuri has arrived in Haiti at the start of the post-credits scene, burning her white Wakandan funeral robes in the process. Shuri’s mind is occupied by grief and the mathematical equations that failed her in her attempt to save T’Challa’s life earlier in the film when Ramonda tries to convince her to participate in the fire ritual with her. Finally, Shuri is coming to terms with the death that has befallen her family as well as her new crown as queen of Wakanda.
Additionally, she is in Haiti to see Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), an old acquaintance who stops by to chat by the fire. Nakia identifies the young kid standing next to her as her son. Shuri is astounded by the fact that T’Challa is probably the father given how close he was to Nakia and the fact that T’Challa has been a parent for a long time.
Shuri learns from Nakia that her son is a legitimate heir to the Wakandan throne and is, in fact, T’Challa’s son. She also says that T’Challa wasn’t ready for the identity of his son to be revealed, which is why she missed his funeral. When Shuri inquires if her mother got a chance to visit the infant, Nakia responds in the affirmative.
Why all the secrecy? Shuri has been an aunt for a long time without realizing it. However, Nakia reveals to Shuri that she and T’Challa chose to raise the boy covertly in Haiti so that the Wakandan throne’s burden wouldn’t interfere with his childhood. To avoid having their child grow up in the spotlight as the Black Panther, Nakia and T’Challa just wanted their child to be a kid. And according to Nakia, T’Challa did prepare his son for his untimely death, replicating a scene from the first “Black Panther” movie in which T’Challa had a talk with his deceased father T’Chaka in the Wakandan ancestral world. T’Chaka tells T’Challa, “A man who has not prepared his children for his own death has failed as a father,” at that very time.
What does this mean for the Black Panther’s position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward? A sign flashing that the Black Panther will surely return on the big screen appears after the final credits have finished. In the third installment of this series, it’s possible that Shuri may embrace her role as the Black Panther and instruct her little nephew in the ways of the superhero and potential future king. In the tale that director Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studios now have time to develop, it will be revealed whether Shuri is training a nephew who is a little kid or a man who is ready to inherit what his father has left him.
However, one thing is still certain: the Black Panther will return.