After Chadwick Boseman passed away from cancer in 2020, the Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, became about celebrating both him as an actor and his Marvel character T'Challa, the king of Wakanda. So while the film features its share of conflict and battles, it starts and ends with him — and that includes the end credits scene.
In that scene, ater Shuri (Letitia Wright) becomes the new Black Panther and successfully takes on Namor (Tenoch Huerta), she steps out of Wakanda to visit Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), who has made a new life for herself in Haiti.
But it is not just Nakia who sits with Shuri. A young boy introduced as Toussaint (his Haitian name) comes with Nakia — but his real name is Prince T'Challa, son of King T'Challa. He keeps his real name and identity a secret from those around him, but he shares it with Shuri after asking if she can keep a secret.
Shuri asks Nakia if her mother, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), had a chance to meet him before she passed away, and Nakia answers in the affirmative.
It's a relatively simple scene, as far as Marvel end credits moments go, but arguably it is also the most emotional. Rather than directly set up a connection to the next Marvel movie, as some tend to do, this one has bigger picture implications because it continues the lineage of a very important family.
It also introduces a deviation from T'Challa's legacy in the comics.
There, he does have a son (Azari T'Challa), but he fathered the boy with Storm. Azari had to live underground after the Ultron Revolution, but he was living in his father's home country of Wakanda. He was cared for by Iron Man, who told him stories about the superheroes of their world. But naturally, because he was his father's son, he also inherited some very important abilities, including enhanced speed, strength, and endurance.
There is no word yet on plans for this young boy in future Marvel films.