Black Panther: Wakanda Forever lives up to Marvel fan’s long anticipation


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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever honors the late Chadwick Boseman while creating a captivating new story.

Drew Whitaker, New Editor

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the highly anticipated sequel to the original “Black Panther” released in 2018 is finally in theaters, and you’d better bring your tissues. The film has a lot of fight scenes that Marvel fans have grown accustomed to but definitely not tired of, while also honoring the series star Chadwick Boseman who lost his battle with Colon Cancer in 2020.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” primarily takes place a year after the death of the beloved King T’Challa who was played by Chadwick Boseman as the nation of Wakanda is pressured by the rest of the world to share their supply of Vibranium, a rare metal that powers every aspect of life in Wakanda. The people of Wakanda must also face the fact that there may be another nation with access to the same Vibranium that fuels their livelihood.

Although the death of King T’Challa leaves a hole in the heart of Marvel fans, it does allow secondary characters from the original Black Panther like Shuri, Queen Ramonda, and Okoye to step up and shine. Princess Shuri, played by Letitia Wright especially steps up as the heart of the movie as she fights through her grief to do right by her nation and the rest of the world. We are also introduced to a plethora of new characters, both protagonists and new villains that give the Black Panther series new life. Arguably the best part of the Wakanda Forever movie was the main antagonist who controls every scene he is in. Unlike many films in the new generation of Marvel movies, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” gives an in-depth villain backstory and arc that make the antagonist more relatable.

One problem with the new Black Panther movie was the ending as it seemed a little forced, and left some storylines unresolved. A large majority of the movie builds up to a scene that lasts only a few short minutes which could leave fans yearning for more even after watching the two hour and forty minute movie.

Given all the obstacles the cast and production crew had to overcome to create “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the movie exceeded my expectations and had me sitting on the edge of my seat. The movie does an incredible job honoring the late Chadwick Boseman while creating a new story that will allow the franchise to grow with even more movies. While the movie may lead even the most casual fans to tears, there are also a few good laughs that will lighten the mood. Wakanda Forever is a must-see movie even for non-Marvel fans, and make sure you stay for the credits, there’s a scene you won’t want to miss.

4 out of 5 stars