Daniel Kaluuya will not be returning to the MCU for Black Panther 2. In the first film, the actor played W’Kabi, who is married to Danai Gurira’s Okoye and is close to T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), although he sides with Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger versus his friend.
Rotten Tomatoes’ Jacqueline Coley broke the news on Twitter (opens in a new tab), revealing that Kaluuya has not returned for Marvel’s sequel due to scheduling conflicts with Jordan Peele’s upcoming film Nope. Kaluuya will star in the sci-fi horror film alongside Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun.
In the Black Panther sequel, Gurira returns as Okoye, and Letitia Wright’s Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, Winston Duke’s M’Baku, Angela Bassett’s Ramonda, and Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross also return. Newcomers include Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, aka Ironheart, and Tenoch Huerta in a mystery role: Speculation has focused on the Atlantean prince Namor, but Huerta has scoffed at people who think footage has been leaked. of him as the character.
The plot of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is pretty much a mystery, but Freeman has teased that we should expect the unexpected. “Some of it was really, some of it is very strange, and I think [director Ryan Coogler] I could see by the reaction on my face some of the things he was saying… He kept stopping and going on… He kept saying, ‘Stay with me, but this is going to work.'”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives this November 11. Before that, She-Hulk will land on Disney Plus starting August 17. In the meantime, check out our ultimate Marvel Phase 4 guide for everything else the MCU has in store for us.