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What We Want From Black Panther Wakanda Forever’s First Trailer



With San Diego Comic-Con 2022 imminent, it is highly likely that the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be arriving soon, and therefore it’s a good time to make some predictions for what could be shown. The Black Panther sequel is the next MCU movie set to be released following SDCC 2022. Naturally then, with Marvel Studios returning to Comic-Con for the first time since 2019, there is a tremendous expectation that they will reveal a lot about the remainder of the MCU’s Phase 4, with its next movie installment, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, being front and center.


With the MCU’s theatrical titles, Marvel Studios tends to wait between two and three months out from the release of the film before showing the first trailer. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for release on November 11, 2022, and Comic-Con weekend would be just over three months out from the release of the sequel. While Marvel could wait to release Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s first trailer when they present at the D23 event in September, SDCC would make much more sense due to D23 only occurring two months before the film’s release.

With the trailer likely being shown at San Diego Comic-Con, then, speculation has been rising on what will be shown in the first look at Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther sequel. Not a lot has been officially revealed about the movie thus far, with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever being one of the more secretive releases remaining in Phase 4 of the MCU. So, in anticipation of the trailer potentially releasing in San Diego this weekend, here is everything that is anticipated to be shown in the trailer for Phase 4’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Teases Of Black Panther 2’s Wakandan-Centric Story

Following the death of actor Chadwick Boseman in 2020 and Marvel’s decision not to recast his role of King T’Challa, a.ka. Black Panther, writer-director Ryan Coogler opted to center the sequel’s story on Wakanda itself rather than on its ruler. Coogler and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige decided to focus Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on different subcultures of the titular African nation, as well as characters from the original Black Panther, in order to explore and honor the legacy of that film that Chadwick Boseman helped create.

In light of this, it will be extremely interesting to see how Coogler wrote Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Whether it has a standout main character in the absence of T’Challa without a recast of Boseman, or whether it is more of an ensemble centered around Wakanda remains to be seen. However, if anything will give audiences insight into what the case may be, it is the first trailer for the film that will undoubtedly release at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con. With the country of Wakanda being one of the more interesting locations in the world of the MCU, the Black Panther sequel has the opportunity to explore such a setting in unparalleled depth. Hopefully, the trailer shown at SDCC will reflect this and look into how the film’s story will pan out without King T’Challa.

First Looks At Shuri, Okoye, Nakia & M’Baku In Wakanda Forever

Given Coogler and Feige’s choice to focus the sequel on the supporting characters of the original Black Panther, there is an assumption that the MCU would follow Marvel Comics stories and have Shuri, T’Challa’s sister, take up the Black Panther mantle. Whether Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will actually follow this story remains to be seen. However, Letitia Wright’s Shuri will likely have a large role in the sequel whether she becomes Black Panther or not. Therefore, it is likely that the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer at Comic-Con will give hints at Shuri’s story for the upcoming sequel.

Also, with other characters from the first movie such as Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) expected to be large parts of the movie, they will likely appear in the trailer as well. As Okoye is the head of the Dora Milaje, which protects Wakanda’s leader, and Nakia was T’Challa’s love interest in Black Panther, the trailer for Wakanda Forever needs to showcase their stories in the absence of Boseman’s character. Also, fan-favorite character M’Baku could become the new Black Panther instead of Shuri, as has been theorized. The trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will surely shed some light on M’Baku’s journey after his appearance in Avengers: Endgame. He, Shuri, Nakia, and Okoye were all present in the final battle against Thanos, meaning the Black Panther sequel’s trailer may deal with its direct aftermath as it regards the characters.

A Tease Of Dominque Thorne As Riri Williams/Ironheart

One of the most exciting aspects of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever that is yet to be revealed, outside of merchandising leaks, is the inclusion of Riri Williams, a.k.a. Ironheart. In the comics, Riri is a young girl who creates the most advanced suit of armor in the world, rivaling Tony Stark’s Iron Man. In the MCU, Riri Williams will be played by Dominique Thorne and will similarly create an Iron Man-like suit of armor to become Ironheart. With Riri slated to be Tony Stark’s replacement in the MCU following the latter’s death in Avengers: Endgame, the expected Black Panther 2 Comic-Con trailer will likely feature her to some extent. Also, with early reports and rumors hinting that Riri is directly responsible for the movie’s central conflict, the trailer will have to divulge some hints about this story point.

First Look At The MCU’s Atlantis In Black Panther 2

The central conflict that Riri Williams is responsible for is said to be linked to Atlantis. In Marvel Comics, Atlantis is an underwater nation and boasts one of the most highly advanced civilizations on Earth. Naturally, with Wakanda in the MCU being highly technologically advanced, it makes sense for Atlantis to be included alongside it. As Black Panther 2 will divulge Atlantis’s MCU origins, it would make sense for the trailer to give the MCU fans their first look at the underwater nation. Given the early reports of the film have stated that Atlantis’s Greek-mythology-based aesthetic from the comics will be changed to reflect ancient Central American culture, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s Comic-Con trailer should be where these changes are showcased for the first time. Not only will this give a good look at how the MCU is adapting the comics it is based on in a big way, but the reveal will also provide insight into the film’s plot and its characters’ involvement in it, such as Riri’s role.

Tenoch Huerta As Namor

With Atlantis set to feature in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the ruler of that country, Namor the Sub-Mariner, won’t be far behind. Being a character in Marvel Comics with a very gray moral compass, as he is neither hero nor villain, Namor is expected to be adapted into the MCU as Wakanda Forever’s antagonist. Namor will be played by Tenoch Huerta in the MCU, further providing evidence of Atlantis’s shift to reflect Central America given Huerta’s Aztec origins. While it is unclear whether Namor will follow his antihero personality from the comics, he is at least all but confirmed to be playing an antagonistic role in the sequel. This doesn’t necessarily mean he will be evil, or even a villain in the movie, especially considering the comics’ version of Namor simply doing what is often best for his country and his people. However, this will likely put him at odds with the people of Wakanda. Despite the many changes made to Namor for the MCU, at least in terms of his aesthetic and origins, his devotion to Atlantis will still be a major part of his character in the sequel.

This likely means that Huerta’s role as Namor will finally be officially confirmed in the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer to be shown at Comic-Con. As Namor is rumored to have a large role, any trailer released for the movie will need to feature the Sub-Mariner in some capacity. However, whether it will be a small stinger at the end of the trailer or Namor and Atlantis will feature in a large portion of the trailer, will be revealed at SDCC 2022.

Hints Of The Wakanda-Atlantis War Rumored To Be In Black Panther 2

With Ironheart reportedly being instrumental in igniting a war between Atlantis and Wakanda and causing Namor to be at odds with Wakanda Forever‘s characters, the conflict between the two nations will need to be featured in the trailer. Given the leaked Black Panther: Wakanda Forever story reveals, as well as the comics featuring numerous clashes between Wakanda and Atlantis, it is clear the Black Panther sequel’s war should be in the trailer. Should Ironheart, Namor, and Atlantis be featured in the trailer, it would only make sense for the hints of conflict between the warring countries to be shown, too. That being said, Marvel Studios is usually very careful with what is shown in their trailers, meaning it is likely the biggest, most ambitious aspects of the conflict won’t be shown in the Comic-Con teaser trailer. However, hints of the war and some brief action sequences are likely going to be premiered at SDCC for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

How Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Fits Into The Wider MCU Phase 4

One of the last things that will be most interesting to see in the trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be how the movie fits into the MCU’s sprawling Phase 4 timeline. The previous two Phase 4 theatrical films, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder, made it clear in their trailers whether they would address the overarching elements of Phase 4. For the most part, Thor: Love and Thunder’s trailer was absent from anything tying it to Phase 4, including such aspects as the multiverse and the Young Avengers. The Doctor Strange sequel, though, as evident by its Multiverse of Madness title, showcased the titular overarching story of Phase 4 massively.

Given how other upcoming Phase 4 projects, like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, are confirmed to be multiverse related, with the inclusion of the MCU’s Kang the Conqueror, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Marvels will both be more cosmic, the Black Panther sequel is the only movie left in Phase 4’s confirmed slate to reveal its status within the wider MCU. Naturally, then, the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will need to make it clear whether it will deal with any multiversal aspects or include any other hints to Phase 4. There are theories about Captain America and the Winter Soldier appearances, given their links to the nation of Wakanda. Regardless, it remains the case that the expected Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Comic-Con trailer is highly anticipated and will need to reveal a lot of elements to continue building hype for the MCU’s upcoming sequel.

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
  • The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023

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Jafar Panahi Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Still Being in Jail After His Sentence Has Been Overturned



Jafar Panahi has gone on a hunger strike to protest being still held in Tehran’s Evin prison even though Iran’s supreme court has overturned the conviction that led to the dissident director’s detention.

Panani has issued a statement from prison saying that to protest against the “illegal and inhumane” treatment by the Islamic Republic’s judiciary and security forces and their “hostage-taking” he will stop eating, drinking, and taking his medications until “maybe my lifeless body would be released from this prison.”

The statement announcing Panahi’s decision to go on a hunger strike was posted by Panahi’s wife Tahereh Saeedi and son Panah Panahi on their Instagram accounts.

Panahi, 62, is known globally for prizewinning works such as “The Circle,” “Offside,” “This is Not a Film,” “Taxi,” and most recently “No Bears,” winner of last year’s Venice’s Special Jury Prize. He was arrested last July in Tehran in the wake of the country’s conservative government crackdown. Panahi had been there to visit Tehran’s prosecutor’s office to follow up on the situation of fellow dissident filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulov, who had been incarcerated a few days earlier after signing an appeal against police violence.

Since his arrest, Panahi’s lawyers in October managed to successfully overturn the six-year sentence issued against the director in 2010 for “propaganda against the system,” in Iran’s highest court according to Panahi’s lawyer, Saleh Nikhbakht. That sentence has become obsolete due to the country’s 10-year statute of limitations and Panahi’s case has been sent to an Iranian court of appeals. But the directors’ wife and laywers say that Iranian security are now forcing the judiciary to keep him behind bars.

Rasoulov and Panahi’s imprisonment took place before the wave of protests sparked in September by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while she was held in custody for allegedly wearing a loose hijab. Those protests have caused more than 500 civilians to be killed by government security forces and more than 100 members of the Iranian film industry to be arrested or banned from making movies.

On Jan. 4, Iranian authorities released Taraneh Alidoosti, the star of Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film “The Salesman,” almost three weeks after she was jailed for criticizing a crackdown on the anti-government protests.

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Five Nights At Freddy’s Movie Finally Begins Filming With First BTS Image



Jason Blum has officially confirmed that the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has begun filming, posting a behind-the-scenes photo to Twitter.

The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has finally begun filming after a long period in development limbo. A now-massive horror franchise, Five Nights at Freddy’s first began as a video game created by Scott Cawthon in 2014. The game was met with critical acclaim for bringing something new to the horror video game genre and would go on to spawn eight subsequent games, and dozens of spinoffs. The Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise has continued rapidly expanding since the first game’s release, and now includes several book series, comic books, board games, and merchandise. In July 2015, it was first announced that there were plans to create a Five Nights at Freddy’s film, with Blumhouse Productions announcing their involvement in 2018.


After a years-long development period, the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has officially begun filming, with a behind-the-scenes image posted to Jason Blum‘s Twitter account. Check out the post below:

The image, which is simply captioned “Day 1 #FNAF,” shows several monitors displaying camera footage of a clapboard that reads the film’s working title, Bad Cupcake. On one of the monitors, an action figure of Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach‘s villain Vanny can be seen.

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Though it’s not yet clear if the film will follow the plot of any Five Nights at Freddy’s game in particular, the movie’s script and premise has changed several times since its 2015 announcement. In January 2017, after two years of development, Cawthon stated that the production was “back at square one” after setbacks and difficulties within the film industry. After Blumhouse signed on in 2018, the film was slated for a hopeful 2020 release. Later in August 2018, however, Cawthon announced that the script had been completely scrapped. Development on Five Nights at Freddy’s was largely silent throughout the pandemic, and only in 2022 did updates begin to come more regularly.

In August 2022, Blum posted teasers from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the company set to build the film’s animatronics. In December, it was announced that Matthew Lillard and Josh Hutcherson had been cast in unknown roles. It has been reported that Lillard will be playing William Afton, the major antagonist of the Five Nights at Freddy’s games, while Hutcherson will be playing Mike Schmidt, the overnight security guard that players take the role of in first game. However, there has been no official confirmation of these roles.

Since Blum released the first behind-the-scenes look at Five Nights at Freddy’s, it seems that the working title Bad Cupcake could be in reference to Chica’s cupcake, which appears in three of the games. The other question is if the Vanny action figure standing on top of the monitors could be a hint to Vanessa’s character appearing in the film, or if the character behind the clapboard on the monitors could be Lillard’s Afton. Though there are still plenty of questions surrounding the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, at least there is finally forward movement on the project after spending years in development hell.

Source: Jason Blum/Twitter

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James Mangold in Early Talks to Direct ‘Swamp Thing’ for DC Studios



Plans have begun to formulate for James Gunn and Peter Safran’s slate of DC Studios films, with filmmaker James Mangold in early talks to take on “Swamp Thing.”

Sources tell Variety that Mangold is a longtime fan of the DC Comics supernatural hero and approached Gunn and Safran with his idea for the forthcoming project.

Of course, Mangold is a comic book veteran after writing, directing and executive producing the R-rated superhero movie “Logan,” the third “Wolverine” film starring Hugh Jackman, which is regarded as the pinnacle of the “X-Men” movie franchise. However, the filmmaker has a particularly busy dance card, with “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” set to hit theaters in May and Searchlight’s Bob Dylan biopic “A Complete Unknown,” starring Timothée Chalamet, up next.

News of Mangold’s interest in “Swamp Thing” comes just 24 hours after Gunn and Safran announced the first 10 film and TV titles within the rebooted DC Universe on Tuesday morning. The co-chiefs explained that these films make up Chapter 1 of the DCU, which they are calling “Gods and Monsters.”

During the presentation, Safran said that the film will “investigate the dark origins” of the DC Comics character through the prism of horror.

“This is a much more horrific film, but we’ll still have Swamp Thing interact with the other characters,” Gunn added, making a reference to the introduction of Rocket Raccoon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the “Guardians of the Galaxy films. “That mashup quality,” of having that character interacting with live-action players like Thor, he explained, ended up working out beautifully.

On Tuesday evening, following the project’s official announcement, Mangold posted an image of Swamp Thing to Twitter and Gunn retweeted the post, which got comic book fans buzzing that a collaboration might be in the works.

Swamp Thing was created by writer Len Wein and horror artist Bernie Wrightson (whose artwork is featured in Mangold’s tweet) and first appeared in a standalone story in 1971’s “House of Secrets No. 92,” followed by a popular run under Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben in the 1980s. The DC Comics character first appeared on the big screen in 1982’s “Swamp Thing,” directed by horror master Wes Craven, and most recently headlined a short-lived series created by Gary Dauberman and Mark Verheiden for the DC Universe streaming service in 2019. He also appeared in Season 3 of HBO Max’s animated series “Harley Quinn,” as a vegan, health-nut voiced by Sam Richardson.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report news of Mangold’s involvement in the project. Warner Bros. did not comment on the reports.

Mangold is repped by WME, Entertainment 360, and Sloane Offer.

Additional reporting by Adam B. Vary.

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