LAGOS, NIGERIA - NOVEMBER 06: Winston Duke poses on arrival for "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" African Premiere, at Filmhouse Cinemas IMAX Lekki on November 06, 2022 in Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by Emmanuel Obianke/Getty Images)
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Yes, M'Baku's Final Scene In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Means He's…
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."
The ending of "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" leaves a few things in the air, mainly who will lead the Kingdom (or Queendom) of Wakanda. With the women of Wakanda now scattered to the wind, M'Baku (Winston Duke) steps forward on the traditional waterfall to make a challenge for the throne, but there is no one else to challenge him.
Does this mean he's now the king of Wakanda? According to Duke, the answer is yes, explaining, "It's kind of cool, though, being revealed as the King of Wakanda at the end of the movie." Although M'Baku sometimes brings a dose of levity to his scenes, he's already served as a tribal leader and sat on the throne of Jabari Land.
This dovetails with the idea of leadership as what Duke calls "willingness to think of the greater good" and sets M'Baku up as someone who possesses leadership skills. With "Black Panther'' tragically losing Chadwick Boseman, its original star, M'Baku's ascension to the throne adds an interesting new dynamic to the ensemble going forward.