Here's what the cast of 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' looks like in real life

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"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."Marvel Studios
  • "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," the latest MCU movie, hits theaters on Friday, November 11.

  • The sequel stars many actors from the first movie including Lupita Nyong'o and Angela Bassett.

  • Here's what the cast looks like in real life, compared to their on-screen counterparts.

Shuri is a member of the Wakandan royal family and the head of Wakanda's science division.

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Shuri appears to be the likely candidate for the next Black Panther.Eli Ade / Marvel Studios

Letitia Wright plays the young hero.

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Wright recently wore a Chadwick Boseman-inspired outfit to the "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" world premiere.Jesse Grant / Getty Images for Disney

Shuri's mother is Queen Ramonda.

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Ramonda has had to grieve the deaths of her husband T'Chaka (John Kani) and son T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) over the last few years.Annette Brown / Marvel Studios

Queen Ramonda is played by the Oscar-nominated actor Angela Bassett.

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This is Bassett's second appearance in the Marvel Cinematic UniverseGilbert Flores / Variety via Getty Images

Nakia is a member of the War Dogs, Wakanda's spy unit.

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Nakia was a former lover of T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman).Disney

Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong'o reprises her role as Nakia in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."

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Nyong'o told The Hollywood Reporter in July that she found the movie "therapeutic" after grieving the death of Boseman in 2020.Gilbert Flores / Variety via Getty Images

M'Baku is the leader of the Jabari Tribe that live in the mountains of Wakanda.

Winston Duke as M'Baku in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."
Since "Black Panther," the Jabari tribe have interacted more with the rest of Wakandan society.Marvel Studios

Winston Duke plays the Jabari leader.

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Duke has also starred alongside Lupita Nyong'o in Jordan Peele's "Us."Cindy Ord / Getty Images for SiriusXM

Okoye is the leader of the Dora Milaje, an elite female-only unit that protects the royal family.

Danai Gurira as Okoye and Letitia Wright as Shuri in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."
Where the Black Panther goes, the Dora Milaje is often close behind.Marvel Studios

The Wakandan general is played by "The Walking Dead" star Danai Gurira.

Danai Gurira attends the 2022 Met Gala.
Gurira also appeared in both "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers Endgame" as Okoye.Kevin Mazur/MG22 / Contributor / Getty Images

Ayo is an elite enforcer for the Dora Milaje.

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The character's most recent appearance was in "Falcon and the Winter Soldier," chasing Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl).Marvel Studios

Florence Kasumba reprises her role as Ayo in the upcoming sequel.

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Kasumba was one of the first Dora Milaje actor introduced in "Captain America: Civil War."Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for Disney

Aneka is a high-ranking leader of the Dora Milaje.

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Vogue reported that Aneka is queer and is in love with her fellow warrior Ayo.Annette Brown / Marvel Studios

Michaela Coel makes her MCU debut in the role of Aneka.

Michaela Coel
Coel is an Emmy and Bafta award-winning actor and writer.Rich Fury/Getty Images

Riri Williams is a genius 19-year-old MIT student.

Riri Williams in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"
It appears she will take up the mantle of Ironheart and create her own Iron Man-like suit of armor.Marvel Studios

Dominique Thorne is another newcomer to the MCU, playing Riri Williams.

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Thorne will also star in her own series "Ironheart."Gilbert Flores / Variety via Getty Images

Everett Ross is an American CIA agent.

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Ross is an ally of the Wakandan royal family after they saved his life in "Black Panther."Marvel Studios

Ross is played by "The Hobbit" star Martin Freeman.

Martin Freeman attends the premiere of "Black Panther" in Los Angeles Los Angeles on January 29, 2018.
Freeman made his first appearance in "Captain America: Civil War."Chris Pizzello/Shutterstock

Namor is the king of Talokan, a hidden kingdom under the sea.

Tenoch Huerta as Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Namor is a mutant and the main antagonist of the sequel.Marvel Studios

Tenoch Huerta is the man behind Namor's pointy ears and winged feet.

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Tenoch Huerta at 2022 San Diego Comic-Con.Albert L. Ortega/Getty

Namora is a ruthless warrior from Talokan.

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In the comics, she is the cousin of Namor.Marvel Studios

Mabel Cadena plays the new antagonist.

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Cadena is best known for her roles in "Dance of the 41" and "The Goddess of Asphalt."John Parra / Getty Images

Attuma is another elite warrior from the Talokan kingdom.

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Attuma is standing behind Namora in the "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" trailer.Marvel Studios

The Talokanil warrior is played by Alex Livinalli.

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Alex Livinalli poses at Marvel Studios' "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" premiere.Frazer Harrison / GA / The Hollywood Reporter via Getty Images

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