The Black Panther and king of Wakanda, T'Challa, passed away in 2020
leaving Marvel Studios with two options: recast the role or
pay respect in the follow-up film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
By choosing the latter, writer-director Ryan Coogler was charged with
writing a tale about T'Challa's death as well as about who takes
over as the Black Panther when he passes away. The name of T'Challa's successor
was teased in the movie's trailers, but the actual film
is very open about it and gives the solution right away.