In the emotional final moments of the film, Shuri burns her ceremonial robes from T’Challa’s funeral at the beach, something she struggled with during the film’s first act. We see her coming to terms with her loss. Soon after, in the mid-credits scene of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it is revealed that T’Challa and Nakia had a son – Toussaint. The two had agreed to raise him away from the kingdom and keep his existence a secret so that he can have a normal upbringing. However, he is aware of his late father’s royal status and proudly states that his Wakandan name is T’Challa.
What does the ending mean for the future of the MCU?
With Shuri holding the mantle of Black Panther currently, it will be a while before it is passed down to young T’Challa. He is a six-year-old after all. By introducing the character, Marvel is setting up a new hero while also honoring Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. It is important to note that kid T’Challa isn’t a character from the comics and was created for the MCU. So it wouldn’t be a surprise if he joins the ranks of the younger lot of heroes introduced in the MCU’s Phase 4. It remains to be seen how his onscreen journey pans out. For now, it looks like Wakanda’s future is female and in capable hands.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently in theaters.