Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was easily one of my most anticipated movies of the year. I like many other people were very interested to see how it would turn out after the sad passing of Chadwick Boseman. What we have is a very different movie from the first one, but I do not think that Marvel Studios could have handled it any better than they did.
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The Movie Review
It starts off very somber with a fitting tribute to Chadwick Boseman during the iconic Marvel intro. We get a little bit of information about how he had an illness, and we see the funeral and his mother, sister, and people trying to deal with his passing. The movie then jumps forward a full year.
Queen Ramonda is now in charge of Wakanda and many nations in the world are putting pressure on Wakanda to share their resources. Ramonda stays strong and says that even with their King dead, Wakanda is still more than willing to defend themselves if people come looking to take advantage of them.
The thing is, the rest of the world wants Vibranium, and someone in the USA has made a machine that can detect it and Vibranium has been found at the bottom of the ocean. It is this discovery that leads us to our antagonist of the movie, Namor, the King of Talokan, who is willing to protect his people by any means necessary.
Namor, comes to Wakanda to seek an alliance with Queen Ramonda and Shiri, but things turn sour pretty quickly and before you know it, Wakanda is at war with Namor and his people. Shuri and Wakanda refuse to turn over, Riri Williams, the talented scientist who created the machine that discovered Wakanda and this makes Namor see Wakanda as an enemy.
I have to say that the way the story unfolds is just fantastic. We have Queen Ramonda still trying to deal with the death of her son, lead a nation and now deal with this new threat. Angela Bassett is phenomenal in this role and I have to give major props to the insane shape she is in!
However, Shuri is the real backbone of this movie. I was not sure just how good the character Shuri would be, thrust into the lead, but she is great. Shuri has great chemistry with Riri Williams, Nakia, and Okoye and it is amazing to see her become a leader and a total badass in addition to being the tech whizz we knew her as in past MCU movies.
However, Namor was the character I was most interested to see. I am surprised it took this long to get the Sub Mariner on the big screen and even with the changes they made, he was epic! The way he moved during battle was incredible, I loved his motivations for doing what he did and I cannot wait to see more of him in the MCU, plus he actually said he was a mutant which is huge going forward.
Before I saw the movie, I had heard that it had a very long runtime (it comes in at 2 hours 40 minutes) and that it could have been trimmed. I do not see what they could have trimmed from this movie. Perhaps the best compliment I can give Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is that those 2 hours and 40 minutes absolutely flew by!
It is very hard to compare this movie to the first one as they are so different, but I would say I enjoyed my time with this just as much as the first. Without a doubt, Chadwick Boseman is missed, but they handled his passing the best they could, and ultimately, this movie is a very fitting tribute to him.
- This movie is a great tribute to Chadwick Boseman
- I thought they handled Namor incredibly well
- The story was very engaging and character-driven
- It makes me excited about where this could all lead
- While it is a great tribute, it is one of the sadder movies in the MCU
- I can see some “purists” not being happy with some of the changes to Namor