Marvel Imagines Wakanda Without Black Panther Ahead of MCU Sequel

Marvel Comics is showing off a Wakanda without the original Black Panther, as a new series will feature the country without its greatest leader. In Wakanda, T'Challa will be exiled from his home, leading the likes of Shuri, Killmonger, and more Wakandans to step up in his absence. The comic will hit comic book stands ahead of Black Panther 2 in the MCU and could be a precursor to the nation without T'Challa.

Black Panther 2 will release later this year, which might not feature a new hero as Black Panther following the tragic death of star Chadwick Boseman. There's been plenty of speculation about who could carry on the Black Panther mantle in the movie, as Shuri, M'Baku, and even Killmonger have all been names mentioned to take over the role - if they decide to go that route. Regardless of what happens with the mantle, the film will imagine Wakanda without T'Challa. Now, in a completely different way, Marvel Comics will do the same thing in a brand new limited series announced today.


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Marvel Comics announced a new limited series called Wakanda from Stephanie Williams and Paco Medina, focusing on the nation without its greatest hero. Spinning out of John Ridley and Juann Cabal's current Black Panther run, T'Challa will not be allowed into Wakanda, leading to several characters stepping up to protect their home. Shuri and Killmonger are specifically mentioned as those with significant roles in T'Challa's absence. The first issue will focus on Shuri, the former Black Panther, and how she reacts to being one of the protectors of Wakanda. Marvel Comics released three new covers for Wakanda #1, including Shuri standing in front of her home in art by Mateus Manhanini.

Stanley "Artgerm" Lau did a stunning variant cover featuring Killmonger holding the Black Panther helmet close to his chest. The cover will be available with standard trade dressing and as a virgin variant.

Wakanda #1 from Marvel Comics will also feature a variant from Nic Klein, seen below.

In addition to the main story from Williams and Medina, each issue of Wakanda will feature a backup story from Evan Narcisse and Natacha Bustos, which will focus on all of the Wakandans who have become Black Panther in the nation's history.

It's interesting to see a new series imagine Wakanda without T'Challa, released a month before the MCU film will feature a similar plotline - albeit under much more tragic circumstances. In the comics, T'Challa is still active but isn't allowed to return to his home he once protected. So will a new Black Panther step up in T'Challa's absence? Is Shuri or Killmonger about to suit up? Readers will find out more when Wakanda #1 from Marvel Comics arrives in comic book stores in October.