After receiving two bow-and-arrow heroes in a row in Marvel’s Avengers, players are undoubtedly eager to see the roster continue to expand. A March presentation from Square Enix revealed that T’Challa, the Black Panther, will be the next playable hero. Black Panther will arrive alongside a massive free content update called War for Wakanda. But when will this expansion release?
A trailer that was released during E3 2021 confirmed an August 2021 release date for War for Wakanda, and a more concrete date of August 17 came at the end of July from an official press release. T’Challa will be voiced by Christopher Judge of God of War fame, and the new content will bring up the total single-player playtime to 25 hours when you include the original Reassemble campaign.
In the initial trailer for War for Wakanda, we got a good look at the game’s version of the fictional Afrofuturistic nation, and a voiceover indicated that the nefarious Ulysses Klaw will collaborate with AIM’s Monica Rappaccini to attack the country. As such, expect a Wakandan Jungle Biome to come with the expansion, along with a new Klaw Faction enemy type and the new Birnin Zana Outpost. The E3 2021 trailer revealed that T’Challa’s sister Shuri will have a major role in the story.
Black Panther could very well be the last new hero added to the game for 2021 unless the PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man somehow slips in. Crystal Dynamics previously teased Black Panther’s inclusion back in September of 2020, around the launch of the game. The studio implied that the then-recent sudden and tragic death of Marvel Cinematic Universe star Chadwick Boseman led them to alter their reveal plans.