Marvel director Nate Moore says there are similarities in the story between Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the classic mafia movie The Godfather.
Black Panther 2 is in some ways similar to the godfathersays a Marvel executive. Black Panther became an absolute blockbuster when it hit theaters in 2018. Now the big hit finally gets a sequel with the long-awaited Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The MCU’s return to Wakanda, of course, comes under very sad circumstances following the tragic death of T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman in 2020. Now the question for fans is, which character will take the mantle of Black Panther instead of T’Challa? take on? Letitia Wright’s Shuri seems to be the gambling favorite to succeed T’Challa as Wakanda’s greatest hero (especially after the most recent trailer, which did everything but confirm Shuri as Black Panther), but Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, Danai Gurira’s Okoye, and Winston Duke’s M’Baku also all have their boosters.
When it comes to story details about Black Panther 2, almost everything is kept secret until the film ends. But a Marvel executive just offered an interesting tease of the film’s story by comparing it to a 50-year-old movie classic. Speak with Total movie (through the direct), Marvel VP Nate Moore brought up Francis Ford Coppola’s immortal Mafia movie the godfather when discussing Black Panther 2‘s Wakanda vs. Talocan plot. See his comments in the space below:
“This sounds crazy, but I’m going to say it. There’s a bit of a mafia movie in it. There’s a bit of… The Godfather… sounds like I’m crazy, but… There’s that war family feeling Because these film is very much about Wakanda finding his match, and about Namor’s world of Talocan.’
Why are Wakanda and Talocan at war in Black Panther 2?
as teased in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailers, Talocan is an underwater kingdom ruled by the mutant Namor (Tenoch Huerta). Like Wakanda, Talocan is a highly advanced civilization completely cut off from the rest of the world. And like the leaders of Wakanda, the rulers of Talocan have a long tradition of deliberately maintaining an isolationist attitude toward Earth’s other nations.
But Wakanda has clearly gone through changes in recent years as they started opening their doors to the world and sharing their technology (T’Challa himself brought about these changes, of course, breaking with his people’s long tradition for the good of his nation. ). But opening doors also means allowing new threats, and Talocan appears to be a very potent threat indeed. The details of why Talocan and Wakanda disagree will, of course, be revealed in Black Panther 2, but it seems the conflict has been fueled to some extent by Namor over an old grudge against Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett). The two nations also seem to disagree over a mysterious facility shown in trailers being infiltrated by Dora Milaje warrior Aneka (Michaela Coel).
Marvel VP Moore’s Godfather comparison seems to only confirm that while the conflict between Wakanda and Talocan appears to be business-related, it is actually more personal than it appears. Thinking of the two nations as fighting gang families may help clarify the nature of their war, by painting a picture of two factions both wanting to control the same territory and willing to resort to violence to gain the upper hand. Whatever’s behind Wakanda and Talocan’s beef, Black Panther 2 is an offer that the public will certainly not be able to refuse.
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Source: Total Film (via the direct)