Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiered on October 26, 2022, began releasing internationally from November 9 and came out in the US on November 11, featuring a surprising mid-credit scene introducing T’Challa’s son, Toussaint.
WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER
The real life person Toussaint’s name is a reference to is Toussaint Louverture, or L’Ouverture. His original name was François Dominique Toussaint. He was the leader of the Haitian independence movement.
But Wakanda Forever’s Toussaint has another name, too: T’Challa II, or Prince T’Challa.
Because of the way it all pans out, he is both the son of the Black Panther and the nephew of the new Black Panther. Who plays him in the film?
Who plays Toussaint, T’Challa’s son, aka Prince T’Challa, in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?
The actor’s name is Divine Love Konadu-Sun.
He attended the premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and strutted his stuff on the red carpet along with his co-stars, including his on-screen mother, Lupita Nyong’o.
At the event, he wore a black three-piece suit over a black shirt. His suit jacket had blue metallic detailing, like the special plant, grown in vibranium-rich soil, that turned Namor’s family blue in the 16th century.
It was a nice touch. He also wore gold sneakers.
Has Divine Love Konadu-Sun been in anything else?
Not according to IMDB. The child actor’s first on-screen acting credit is as Toussaint, son of late T’Challa, played in the 2018 movie Black Panther by Chadwick Boseman.
But given the gravitas of his introduction in Wakanda Forever’s mid-credit scene, it seems likely that we’ll see more of Divine Love Konadu-Sun, if only in future instalments of the Black Panther story.
In that mid-credit scene, T’Challa’s son reveals that he knew his father would pass away. His mother Nakia, together with Chadwick Boseman’s character, apparently prepared him for the moment of his father’s death.
He grew up in Haiti with his mother, away from the pressure of his ancestral home – away from being a potential heir the throne.
Do T’Challa and Nakia have a son in the Black Panther comics?
Yes, but his name isn’t Toussaint, and his mother isn’t Nakia.
In the comics, T’Challa has a son with Storm, named Azari. As the son of Black Panther and Storm, Azari inherits the abilities that come with association with the Heart-shaped Herb, along with the power of electrokinesis.
So he is fast, agile, strong and enduring, and has healing abilities and heightened senses. He can also manipulate, generate and project electricity through his hands and body.
T’Challa appears to have other sons, too, across multiple comic continuities. These include T’Chaka II, T’Charra and T’Channa. In other words, none with the name T’Challa II, specifically. So T’Challa II, the son we meet in the mid-credit scene at the end of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – the son played by Divine Love Konadu-Sun – represents something of a step away from the comics’ version of events.
Toussaint’s year of birth is either 2016 or 2017. Screen Rant writes that he’s about seven years old in the film.
Who plays Wakanda Forever villain Namor?
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever features Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, the powerful villain with the wings on his legs.
He made his acting career debut in the film Asi del precipicio in 2006. He has been in numerous films and TV series since. Namor is, however, among his first English-language roles.
In Marvel lore, writes Smithsonian Magazine, Namor the Sub-Mariner is the half-human, half-merman ruler of Atlantis. In the 2022 movie, he reigns over Talokan. His backstory is different, and accordingly, this iteration of the character draws on a different source of inspiration: Mesoamerica.
Mesoamerica spans modern-day Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Its indigenous groups include the Maya, the Olmec, the Aztecs and the Toltec. The name his people call him – Ku’ku’lkán – comes directly from the Maya, Smithsonian adds. They worshipped a god of the same name.