‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ lives up to hype

Dakota Motley
Business Manager

wakanda_forewver-removebg-preview2Marvel Studios released one of its new Phase 4 movies, the sequel to “Black Panther,” which came out in 2018. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” quickly became number one in the theaters.

The new movie was filmed after the lead actor, Chadwick Boseman’s death back in 2020. The movie starts off with a funeral for Boseman’s character, T’Challa. They never explain how T’Challa dies, but viewers see how badly the death impacts not only Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) but his sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright).

Long time Marvel viewers have been waiting years for this film to come out and are excited to see it hit the big screens. The movie was predicted to make $435 million dollars in the box office, $300 million less than the first Black Panther movie.

The film puts viewers into the shoes of both Shuri and Queen Ramonda by showing how they deal with T’Challa’s death. The movie’s cinematography immerses viewers into the world of Wakanda and allows it to be seen from a new perspective that the previous Black Panther movie did not.

Shuri and Queen Ramonda are shown dealing with T’Challa’s death, and finding a “new black panther”. Shuri took the loss very hard, seeing as though she and her brother were very close. Queen Ramonda has grieved and dealt with T’Challa’s death but Shuri still hasn’t let herself grieve.

Shuri and Ramonda take a trip to try and help Shuri grieve about T’Challa’s death. As they are on a beach, a mysterious man, by the name of Namor (Tenoch Huerta) appears out of the water. Namor warns the two of danger coming from keeping vibranium away from the rest of the world.

Namor gives Queen Ramonda a choice between getting help from him and his tribe or going to war against them. Queen Ramonda thinks about the offer and sends Shuri and Okoye (Danai Gurira) to find the scientist that built the vibranium finding machine.

The movie has a series of fight scenes and suspenseful points which cater to the Marvel theme. There is never a dull moment in the movie and will keep viewers trapped, waiting for the next thing to happen.

A question that plagues the whole movie is ‘What happened to the Black Panther and will there be another one?’ Marvel does answer this question with a wonderfully filmed scene featuring Michael B. Jordan’s previous character Erik Killmonger.

“Black Panther Wakanda Forever” is a PG-13 rated movie, perfect for those who love watching with family and friends. It has a run time of two-hours-and-41-minutes.

Featured Graphic is  a scene from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” from Marvel Studios/TNS.


Dakota Motley- Business Manager

This will be Dakota Motley’s first year on ECHO staff. They also made several contributions while taking journalism class their junior year.

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