Ironheart’s Dominique Thorne just joined the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever alongside I May Destroy You’s Michaela Coel. Here’s everything we know about the film so far.
We can’t get enough of Marvel and when we heard that Dominque Thorne was set to play the role of Riri Williams in Ironheart, our excitement levels went through the roof.
But in an interview with Comicbook, Disney+ Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that she’ll in fact make her Marvel debut as Riri in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, before Ironheart even airs.
“We’re shooting Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, right now, and the character of Riri Williams, you will meet in Black Panther 2 first,” Feige told Comicbook.
Now that’s a twist we didn’t see coming.
This means that Thorne and Coel’s latest roles will see them star alongside the likes of Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett, who are all expected to reprise their roles from the original Black Panther film.
Plot details for the sequel are also currently being kept under wraps, although it does have a scheduled release date of 8 July 2022, so we hope to hear more about the film soon.
The only thing we do know for certain is that Marvel won’t be recasting Chadwick Boseman’s character, the king of Wakanda, T’Challa.
After Boseman’s death from colon cancer in 2020, Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed the film’s sequel would not replace him with another actor, saying his performance was “iconic and transcends any interation of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past”.
Feige added: “To honour the legacy that Chad helped us build, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”
With this in mind, we can’t wait to see the upcoming Black Panther sequel – July 2022 can’t come soon enough!
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