Wakanda Forever is finally here, and fans are already speculating about what the film portends for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At San Diego Comic-Con in July, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that the highly anticipated Black Panther sequel would be the final film of Phase 4 of the MCU. It marks the first time a phase has ended without reaching a climax in an Avengers film (technically Ant-Man ended Phase 2 and Spider-Man: Far From Home concluded Phase 3, but narratively they were more akin to epilogues).
Wakanda Forever introduced several ideas that are sure to have massive implications for the future of the MCU, particularly the path to Avengers: Secret Wars in 2026. We learned that world powers are conspiring to steal Wakanda’s vibranium, that vibranium exists deep underwater in Taloka, and that vibranium-infused flowers transformed (mutated?) the Talokanil. These concepts, along with the introductions of Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne), and character development of Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Okoye (Danai Gurira), have laid the foundations for phases 5, 6, and beyond.