Black Panther: Wakanda Forever wasn’t meant to be the movie it turned out to be. After Chadwick Boseman’s untimely death, this movie had to be more than just a follow-up to Black Panther, which made a billion dollars and changed the superhero genre.
Ryan Coogler and his team had to make a movie that was both a tribute to their late star and a way for the franchise to keep going in his name. And that’s precisely what they’ve done.
Tenoch Hurta and Dominque Thorne join Tenoch Wright, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Martin Freeman to make this one of the most emotionally complex movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Wakanda is brought back into the MCU with a new sense of depth and identity. It is surrounded by visual and audio production that no one else can beat. The wide range of feelings and excitement is worth the price of admission on its own.
This mix of style and depth leads to a journey of loss, grief, vengeance, and acceptance. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is one of the best names for an MCU project ever.
When a king died, a country rose
How to deal with the death of Chadwick Boseman and his character, T’Challa, was the biggest question, worry, and challenge of this movie. All through the movie, it’s clear that this was Coogler, Wright, and everyone else’s top goal.
Chadwick is in this movie all the way through, and it shows in the way Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett act.
Shuri’s journey through her grief is the film’s beating heart. It changes the mood from sadness and anger to acceptance and peace. It is one of the most satisfying and heartbreaking parts of the MCU so far.
The emotional stakes of the movie are always clear, and it’s not just because of the great acting. Ludwig Goransson does it again with a score that adds a level of depth to the story that has never been seen before.
When powerful themes are paired with camerawork and direction that takes people back to this world, they can’t help but smile, cry, or do both. Every character in this movie has a chance to think about T’Challa’s death and adds their own piece to the puzzle, which is Wakanda Forever.
This movie does a great job of showing how this real-life loss was dealt with with love and care. At the same time, Letitia Wright uses Shuri’s drive to move her into a higher level of MCU heroes.
This is a performance that should be seen on screen and in the writer’s room.
The Beginning of a God
Tenoch Huerta’s K’uk’ulkan, aka Namor, makes his debut at the same time as Shuri’s story of loss. Namor is a rival and enemy of Wakanda, but he gives us a glimpse into his world and his point of view.
This gives him the kind of motivation that only the best MCU terrible guys have. Namor is scary and cruel throughout the whole movie, but his love for Wakanda makes him the perfect enemy for the Wakandans.
That home is Talokan, an underwater world that comes to life in the same way that Wakanda has over the past six years. Namor and Talokan have a unique and intense political battle that keeps this movie on edge between peace and war.
The loss of Shuri and her family is at the center of this story, but the conflict between land and sea is what makes almost every scene tense. Behind the Spealbergian idea of Wakanda, there are hints of espionage in the first Black Panther that are easy to miss.
It’s back in Wakanda Forever, but this time there’s a classic spy movie sequel twist: Wakanda now has an enemy that can stand up to them. This mix of emotional weight and intense suspense makes for a complex tone that doesn’t give in to the typical MCU charm.
This one has the feel of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which Phase 4 has been missing so far.
A Wakandan Blockbuster
There are scary invasive threats, emotional journeys that make you feel better, and a lot of Whiz Bang to go with it all. Many people think that Eternals lacked an MCU touch, but this movie doesn’t. Instead, it just moves that touch to the action.
The story is more serious and sad than most MCU movies, but there are a lot of action scenes that make you want to eat popcorn. This includes fast-paced and intense chase scenes, massive battles between mighty armies, and a final battle where every punch counts.
Dominque Thorne’s Riri Willaims, also known as Ironheart, adds a lot to this energy. Thorne is the newest hero to join the MCU. She brings the audience’s point of view into this world, but she can still hold her own in every way.
This is an excellent start to a series that will come out in the fall of 2023. Fans will be excited for more Riri. The world-building, both big and small, is also a bit of an MCU touch.
Without giving away any spoilers, let’s just say that Wakanda will continue to be an essential piece in the MCU’s game of chess. Even though people have different opinions about Phase 4’s products, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever does a great job with characters, which is what Phase 4 does best.
During the rebuilding phase of the MCU, the cast keeps getting better, from the biggest stars to the more minor roles.
At the same time, this movie was exactly what it needed to be and nothing like what people thought it would be. It manages to do something that seemed impossible: say goodbye to Chadwick Boseman and T’Challa in a way that was not expected, while also pushing its characters to a level that is rarely seen in this movie universe.
It never makes me feel like it’s disrespecting the past, but it always gives me hope for the future of the Black Panther franchise. It slows down and gives the audience time to breathe and feel what the characters are going through, but it never stops being exciting and full of action.
This movie is, for lack of a better word, well-balanced, but it is more than that. It’s a big deal to not only get through this hard time with love and tribute, but also to make it feel like an actual sequel.
When Black Panther came out in 2018, it was seen as more than just a movie because of what it did for African culture and how it was portrayed in movies. Wakanda Forever: Black Panther is more than just a movie.
Yes, because it keeps getting better at representing different cultures and because the filmmakers, actors, and fans all give it a heartbeat. There is no doubt that Chadwick Boseman’s death is respected.
But what honours him, even more, is how this franchise has changed over time and how the words “Wakanda Forever” will still be heard by fans for years to come.