Trevor Noah gives a reluctant answer when asked if he’s returning for… Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. In cinemas next month Wakanda forever is the sequel to the hit MCU movie of 2018 Black Panther. Noah had a small but significant role in the first film, lending his voice to the role of Griot. Griot was an AI system that Shuri (Letitia Wright) created for use in her lab.
Wakanda forever will be greatly reformed from the original Black Panther film, as T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman died tragically in 2020, and actor Daniel Kaluuya will not be returning as his character from W’Kabi due to scheduling conflicts. As such, Black Panther: Wakanda forever will take the time to dig further into the existing characters, including powerful female protagonists played by Wright, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. The MCU sequel will also expand the universe with new characters. These new introductions include the antagonistic Namor the Sub-Mariner, played by Tenoch Huerta, and Riri Williams, aka Ironheart, played by Dominique Thorne. Ironheart is a relatively new addition to Marvel as a whole, as she first appeared in the comics in 2016 as a young woman who transforms into a superhero by designing her own version of Iron Man’s armor.
The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever cast is impressive, and Noah teases his possible inclusion in a recent interview on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Noah first reveals his intense distaste for movie spoilers. Despite this, Fallon still pokes Noah for one spoiler Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Check out Noah’s response:
“Trevor Noah: I hate spoilers. So I wouldn’t even ruin it for my friends to let them know I’m up to something. I really don’t. For example, I don’t watch trailers. I hate trailers. I like getting into the movie not knowing what’s going to happen, what’s coming, and not anticipating anything. … Did you notice that they will put something in the trailer that isn’t in the movie? And you wait for the whole movie and you think ‘heh…where’s the thing?’ . . I enjoy the experience of going to the movies, sitting with my popcorn, not knowing what’s going to happen and then just enjoying it. I want to take a ride, see what happens.
Jimmy Fallon: I know you’re probably not going to tell me now, but are you in the new Black Panther? Of course you’re not going to tell me, you just explained to me that you don’t like spoilers.
Trevor Noah: I’m just saying look.
Can Griot become Ironheart’s AI?
Noah seems to be sticking to the quintessential MCU playbook, in which franchise stars often remain silent about their future appearances. Of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever still just under a month away, it’s a little too early to reveal surprising cameos. Griot’s voice does not appear in the trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, so it’s still up in the air if Noah will indeed appear in the film. The odds are pretty good though; Noah’s reaction seems somewhat favorable, and with Shuri playing a bigger role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forevershe will undoubtedly use her AI system on a regular basis.
Nevertheless, Noah’s interview will leave some wondering how Griot would return if he returns for… Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. In the first film, Griot was mainly used in Shuri’s lab. However, given the addition of another tech genius in Ironheart, it’s possible that Griot could be appropriated for use by this newer superhero. Riri Williams’ inspiration, Tony Stark, of course, had his own AI system with JARVIS. So Riri would be keeping a special MCU tradition alive if she took on Griot, which would also give Noah the chance to appear in even more Marvel projects. Perhaps Ironheart can follow in Iron Man’s footsteps in yet another way Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and use its own AI assistant.
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