Is Bast the Mystery God in Thor 4? In addition to Marc Spector as Khonshu’s avatar, Moon Knight teases a god’s mystery appearance in Thor 4. The Ennead, a group of nine Egyptian gods, was introduced by Moon Knight. After some time, viewers learned that the gods had a relationship with humans, but that relationship was short-lived.
Khonshu accused the other gods of abandoning humanity during the trial of Arthur Harrow, but the gods retorted by saying that humankind had abandoned the gods. Consequently, the Ennead were forced to use only human avatars to carry out their missions. Khonshu was exiled from the Ennead for his belief in actively participating in human affairs, which the Ennead had decided not to do.
The MCU has previously explored the concept of gods, beginning with Thor. Asgardians and Wakandans are connected to the Egyptian gods through an Easter egg in Moon Knight. When Moon Knight sets the stage for Thor: Love and Thunder, a subtle implication suggests that it will expand on that. It’s possible that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will go a little deeper.
Bast, the Wakandan Panther God, maybe the link between Moon Knight, Thor 4, and Black Panther 2. The goddess has been in the MCU for a long time, but viewers have yet to see her in action. The Black Panther goddess could play a significant role in the MCU, and Thor 4 would be the first time she’s seen in action.
In Captain America: Civil War, the MCU first introduced us to the panther goddess. As one of the gods entrusted with ushering the dead into the afterlife, T’Challa referred to Bast as such. He said the following:
“In my culture, death is not the end. It’s more of a stepping-off point. You reach out with both hands, and Bast and Sekhmet, they lead you into a green veld where… you can run forever.”
In Black Panther, Bast’s MCU lore goes back even further. When Bashenga, a warrior shaman, received a vision from the Panther God, Wakanda’s five tribes were battling for power, according to legend. A vibranium meteor crash on Earth affected the Heart-Shaped Herb, and she led her first Black Panther to it. Bast is still revered by the Panthers of Wakanda.
Bast was one of the oldest members of the Ennead in the comic books. In 10,000 BC, the Wakandan tribes began worshipping Bast, who made Bashenga her first avatar. Today, Bast grants the Panther God’s power to those she deems worthy. For example, she stole T’Challa’s powers and transferred them to a man from the African nation of Azania. In order to see if T’Challa is up to the challenge, Bast arranged for T’Challa to face a series of challenges. Shuri attempted to assume the mantle of Black Panther when T’Challa was critically injured.
The jealousy of Shuri over her brother T’Challa and her overzealous desire for power led Bast to deny her request. Shuri was chosen by Bast as a worthy recipient of the Panther God’s power after a period of rigorous training and self-honesty. For the most part, Bast allowed Shuri to rule the living in Wakanda and gave T’Challa powers to rule as king of the dead. Based on MCU comic book trends, Bast could be a major player in human affairs at some point in the near future.
There was no mention of Bast, but hints about the Panther God’s past were hinted at in episode 3. Aside from disliking Khonshu for exposing their existence to the world, the Egyptian deities in Marvel comics made it clear that Khonshu’s use of flashy masks and weapons put them at risk. Knowing this, it’s possible that Bast feels the same way. Bast, like Khonshu, has the Black Panther as an avatar.
Black Panther is no longer a secret in the MCU after the events of Captain America: Civil War. The Ennead would not be pleased with that. For the time being, the MCU is unsure if the Black Panther is a specific avatar of Bast. It appears that drinking the Heart-shaped Herb connects you to the deity at the very least. When the gods are temporarily possessed by their avatars, Moon Knight can even speak to them. Black Panther as it stands does not demonstrate this.
Moon Knight also made a reference to the issue of religious devotion. Humanity, according to the Ennead, had abandoned them. The Egyptian deity’s accusation was backed up by Steven Grant’s writing in episode 1. “Held in equal estimation” wasn’t a term used to describe how gods were valued.
So, a god may be revered fervently in one region, but not so much in another, for example. Despite the fact that the Ennead believed that humans had turned their backs on them, Bast was the exact opposite. Panthers in Wakanda revered her for a time, and they continue to do so today. Bast may not be interested in joining the Ennead if her devotion to the deity remains intact.
Bast may be seen in Thor 4, based on the Black Panther connection made by Moon Knight in the actress’ interview. According to rumors, Akosia Sabet is in the running to play Bast in the upcoming Thor 4 movie. The film’s details are scarce at this time. However, Christian Bale will portray Gorr, the God Butcher, in the upcoming film adaptation. Until the death of his family, Gorr was a devout follower of the gods in the comics.
After this, he blamed the gods and launched a campaign to kill as many gods as possible. This means that Bast could be a target for Gorr’s in Thor 4 and the future. If that’s the case, Bast might be able to help Thor defeat the villain as an ally. Unless Gorr, the God Butcher is killed at the end of Thor: Love & Thunder, the Panther god may have an impact on future Black Panther films.
Bast’s interactions in the comics were significantly more dynamic than those in the MCU. The only time Bast interacted with the MCU was when Bashenga was shown a vision. The Wakanda Disney+ series will be produced by Ryan Coogler, who has an agreement with Marvel Studios. The prequel stories of previous Black Panthers may be included in that series. If this is the case, Bast may have taken a more active role in previous Wakandan leadership. Her absence from the current MCU could be explained, too.
Bast’s encounter with the Panthers in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever would be a great addition to the film. The plot of Black Panther 2 is still unknown, but it’s theorized that the sequel will feature a T’Challa memorial and that Shuri will succeed T’Challa as the new Black Panther
Marvel Studios released The Wakanda Files in 2020, a look at the MCU from Shuri’s point of view. Shuri’s quest for a synthetic version of the Heart-Shaped Herb was described in the literature. Because she didn’t have any original plants to study, her research was inconclusive. Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death further suggests that T’Challa may have been killed in the sequel. Shuri might have found a solution to his problem if he had remained alive, as the herb still flows through his blood.
The Heart-Shaped Herb can, however, be fixed by Bast. To help Shuri replicate the formula or give it to the next Black Panther directly is possible because of her role in Black Panther 2. That purple energy Ammit infused into Harrow’s cane and vibranium’s similar purple energy makes for an interesting comparison. The next Black Panther, like Moon Knight and Khonshu, could be Bast’s official avatar.
Moon Knight is expected to continue to shed light on Egyptian deities and other myths. In Thor: Love & Thunder, it’s not clear how the Ennead will interact with the Asgardian gods. There may be ramifications for Black Panther 2 from the events of Moon Knight. The Marvel gods are an intriguing new premise for the MCU to investigate. The MCU’s future will no doubt be shaped by their immense power and influence on the world.