Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Post-Credits Scene Check-In and Ending Explained

Let’s make this simple: Do you want to know if there is a post-credits scene in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever? We’ll tell you right here: There is one mid-credits scene in the film and no end-credits scene. Scroll down to read all about those, including full spoilers.

The sequel to Black Panther is finally here Wakanda Forever (review), a film about dealing with grief that faces the tragic death of series star Chadwick Boseman head-on as the friends and family of his character T’Challa have to process the loss of their beloved king. Along the way, the Marvel universe continues to expand as well, with the debut of Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, the Vice-Mariner.

So how does T’Challa’s death affect the world of Marvel movies? And how are comic characters such as Namor and Riri Williams figure in? And most importantly, what’s next for Wakanda, the Black Panther, and the rest of the MCU?

We’ve got thoughts on all these questions and we’re going to explore them in depth, including explaining the ending of Black Panther 2 and diving into the mid-credits scene. So as stated above, full spoilers follow from here!

Black Panther: Wakanda’s End Forever Explained

The film opens with T’Challa’s sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) desperately trying to save her brother’s life. We never learn what the Black Panther is suffering from, but unfortunately he dies despite Shuri’s best efforts. Wakanda is mourning.

A year later we see that the nations of the world are basically in the middle of a vibranium arms race. The United Nations pressures Queen Rammonda (Angela Bassett) about sharing vibranium with the rest of the world, and raids occur on Wakandan facilities. The queen fears that this means the world sees Wakanda as weak without the Black Panther, but she also worries what could happen if they allow vibranium to fall into the wrong hands.

This is also where Namor comes in. Hailing from the underwater civilization called Talokan, Namor is the ruler of his kingdom and he and his people also have a source of vibranium that even the residents of Wakanda have never known about.

The CIA has obtained a vibranium detector, but Namor wants its creator killed to prevent the people of the surface world, in their quest for the precious metal, from interfering with his people under the sea. This leads the Wakandans to brilliant MIT student Riri Williams, the creator of the machine (and a Marvel character we already know is getting her own show on Disney +).

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While in Boston, Shuri and Okoye (Danai Gurira) run into Namor’s lieutenants, Namora (Mabel Cadena) and Attuma (Alex Livinalli), and Shuri and Riri are captured by the water breathers and taken to Talokan. There, Namor takes Shuri on a tour of the underwater world, arguing why Wakanda should join him against the surface world, which he sees as a threat. But soon Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) infiltrates the cave where Shuri and Riri are kept, and they are able to escape back to Wakanda.

Namor is not happy with this development, and he and his people attack Wakanda soon after, resulting in the death of Queen Rammonda, who drowns while rescuing Riri. Namor promises to return in a week, but Shuri is able to use a bracelet given to her by Namor to facilitate the creation of a heart-shaped synthetic herb, the vibranium-rich plant that traditionally gave the Black Panthers powers. but was lost in the previous film when Killmonger destroyed all traces of her.

Shuri ingests the herb and becomes the new Black Panther. Soon after, she enacts a plan to take Namor and his people out into the ocean for a battle where she can capture Namor and hopefully defeat him, as she has realized that without water, Namor loses his strength. During the battle, Riri fights in a suit of Iron Man-like armor that she designed while M’Baku (Winston Duke) and the other Wakandans battle Namor’s people. Shuri, in her new Black Panther suit, takes on Namor, and uses the vaporizers on her ship to dry out his skin and weaken him. But the ship crashes on a desert beach, and they fight hand to hand which sees Shuri impaled through the stomach. She fights through the pain and blasts him with the ship’s afterburners, weakening him significantly.

She holds a blade to his throat but then sees Queen Rammonda in her mind, urging compassion instead of revenge by saying, “Show them who you are.” She tells Namor to surrender and put their people first, much like T’Challa did to Killmonger in the first movie. Namor accepts, and the battle ends.

As the movie ends, more of the new heart-shaped herbs are planted, Riri arrives home safely, and M’Baku again makes a play for the Wakadan throne. Namora is upset that Namor bent the knee to Shuri, but says that she could have killed him and they are actually stronger in an alliance. And with Wakanda standing alone in the world, Shuri’s compassion for Talokan will ultimately come in handy. We also see Okoye rescue Martin Freeman’s former CIA agent, Everett K. Ross, who was arrested by his ex-wife earlier in the film for working undercover with Wakanda. That ex-wife is Julia Louis-Dreyfus Valentina Allegra de Fontainewhich has been slow to recruit the Thunderbolts during Phase 4 of the MCU for their eventual film.

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Shuri visits Nakia in Haiti so she can finally burn her outfit from T’Challa’s funeral, as her mother had ordered her to do earlier in the film. We see her thinking about T’Challa as the suit burns, with shots of Boseman playing out, and it seems clear that Shuri will pursue a more sympathetic career as the new Black Panther than she might have had gave in to revenge and killed Namor during their battle.

Is There a Black Panther: Wakanda Post-Credits Scene Forever?

As noted at the top of this page, there is a Wakanda Forever mid-credits scene but no end-credits scene. Let’s dig into what’s happening in those middle credits right now.

The scene is still set on the beach with Shuri, as Nakia asks if she and a young boy can join her. The boy’s name is Toussaint (played by Divine Love Konadu-Sun), but he tells Shuri that’s just his Haitian name. His real name is T’Challa, the son of King T’Challa of Wakanda. The elder T’Challa and Nakia had chosen to raise their son in Haiti, away from the pressure of the throne, and he prepared them for his death and asked them not to attend the funeral. They held their own service for him in Haiti. And yes, Rammonda got to meet her grandson before she died.

The film is also dedicated to Chadwick Boseman and ends simply with the title card “Black Panther will return”.

Wakanda Easter Eggs Forever

Now it’s time for the easter eggs we found…

  • Namor out and out tells Shuris that he’s a mutant here. Which of course, in the comics is also true. He’s even been a member of the X-Men! Follow the link for more on how Namor founds the X-Men in Wakanda Forever.
  • Basing the Talokan culture on the Aztecs and Mesoamerican culture is a new addition from the MCU, replacing Atlantis as Namor’s traditional home. Talokan is based on a place described in Aztec manuscripts as a subterranean paradise where those who have died and die associated with water go. It is ruled by Tlāloc, supreme god of rain and water and giver of life.
  • Namor says the line “Imperius Rex” during his big fight with Shuri. This has been Namor’s comic battle cry for decades. The loose Latin translation is “emperor king,” so some have concluded that it basically means, “Hey, I’m the king and I do what I want so I go kick your ass.” But that’s a bit wordy, so it’s “Imperius Rex”.
  • Riri makes a few movie references when Shuri is presented with a dress to wear, saying it’s a classic villain treatment — Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Princess Leia from Star Wars, and that white lady from Raiders of the Lost Ark. All properties under the Disney umbrella, we might add.
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That’s all the Easter eggs we’ve seen so far, but what did we miss? And what did you think of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever? Let us know in the comments!

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