What To Watch Before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

With the release of Black Panther Wakanda Forever just around the corner, we've compiled a list of what to watch before the film.

Black Panther Wakanda Forever is just around the corner. With the positive reviews from the critics, and the YouTubers who attended a press screening, the expectations for the film are sky-high, and fans of Marvel are expecting nothing short of greatness from it. It’s also for another reason, the sudden passing of actor Chadwick Boseman, and how director Ryan Coogler will handle the story of Wakanda without the presence of King T’challa. Nevertheless, we here will talk about which movies and shows you must watch or rewatch before you see Black Panther Wakanda Forever or what may have collectively built up to or may well influence the events in the movie.

Movies To Watch Before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever—

1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015)

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For the second time, Avengers reunite to work and retrieve Loki’s scepter. As everything appears settled for the avengers, Ultron shows up and throws a wrench in their plans. This film features vibranium as a key element in Ultron’s human race destruction plot and the creation of Vision. It introduces us to Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaue, and the Black Panther movie elaborates on Wakanda’s relationship with him.

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10 

Directed byJoss Whedon

2. Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)

Civil War - What To Watch Before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Post the Age of Ultron events, when the Sokovian government demands The Avengers to work under their thumb. Steve and Tony face conflict due to their opinion differences regarding the accords. The film marks the first appearance of Black Panther in the MCU, played by the late Chadwick Boseman, and introduces several key characters, such as King T’Challa, Dora Milaje warrior Ayo, and CIA agent Everett Ross. Throughout the film, T’Challa plays a key role, tracking down the main antagonist, Baron Helmut Zemo who is responsible for the tragedy that permanently alters the fate of Wakanda.

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 

Directed by: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

3. Black Panther (February 16, 2018)

Black Panther - What To Watch Before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

As the first Black superhero (at the center) to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chadwick Boseman was greatly embraced by millions of fans who we last encountered during the Civil War. A special MCU movie, Black Panther introduced the world of Wakanda and its history. It was also nominated for a couple of Academy awards, including Best Picture.

It explores the aftermath of the Civil War and T’Challa’s relationship with Wakanda after his father King dies. The film also introduces us to several notable characters such as Nakia, Shuri, Ramonda, M’Baku, and Kill Monger, a powerful family enemy who threatens to attack his nation.

The predecessor to Black Panther Wakanda Forever.

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10 

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

4. Avengers: Infinity War (April 27, 2018)

Infinity War - What To Watch Before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

One of the greatest comic book movies of all time, and the biggest crossover in comic book history, unveils the impending threat in the universe – Thanos, The Mad Titan. The ultimate Marvel masterpiece and a fan feast for Marvel fans with an unexpected ending that no one could have predicted.   

There is a significant amount of action in the film that takes place mostly on the fictional world of Wakanda, with the characters Black Panther, Shuri, Okoye, and other important characters all playing a significant role.

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10 

Directed by: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

5. Avengers: Endgame (April 26, 2019)

Endgame - What To Watch Before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The Avengers Endgame film serves as the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s infinity saga, and it tells the story of how the Avengers accomplish their mission and and fulfill their undying purpose. A movie to behold and experience in the theatre and a film that makes you feel thrilled, excited, and emotional which collectively makes it the Masterpiece and concludes the arc of The Infinity Saga.

Although Wakanda has a small role in the movie, the movie’s events will likely influence the events of Black Panther Wakanda Forever.

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Most likely referring to Namor, who plays a very important role in Wakanda Forever

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10 

Directed by: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Disney+ Shows To Watch Before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever —

6. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Series (March 19, 2021)

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The events of Avengers Endgame led Sam Wilson into a dilemma regarding his future as Captain America. On the other hand, Bucky Barnes is still coming to terms with his dark past and atoning for the misdeeds he committed as the Winter Soldier. The show focuses on the dynamic duo of Sam and Bucky and their bickering and bantering relationship.

In the show, we see Wakanda characters play key roles, including Ayo who leads a squad of Dora Milaje to recapture Zemo, and also engineer new Captain America suits for Sam Wilson so they can defeat the Flag Smashers. In episode 4, we also see a glimpse of how Ayo helped Bucky recover from Hydra brainwashing.

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10 

Directed by: Kari Skogland

7. What If…? Series (August 11, 2021)

What if....?

What if show is a fan service that fulfills all of the what-if scenarios by diverging the MCU into infinite possibilities if just one choice had been made differently, affecting the entire MCU in one way or the other?

In an episode of What If… T’Challa Became a Star-Lord?” we see an alternative plot where T’challa is abducted by Yonda while still a child, essentially altering the course of his life. We also see glimpses of Wakandans playing decent roles in several episodes, such as “What If… Killmonger Rescued Tony Stark?” and the finale.

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10 

Directed by: Bryan Andrews

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