I and my friend discussed a grammar exercise related to future tenses like this:
We seem to be completely lost. What (we, do) _________ now?
For me, 'what are we going to do now' sounds much more natural than 'what will we do now' in this case. My friend asked me why but I had no idea.
I searched on Google about the uses of 'be going to' and 'will' and one of them is to talk about 'intention/decision'. Could I explain to my friend, in that case, it means:
- 'what are we going to do now?' = 'What do we intend to do now?"
- 'what will we do now?' = 'what do we decide to do now?"