Black Panther Wakanda Forever
The 30th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the sequel to the 18th MCU film, Black Panther. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole in which the leaders of Wakanda fight to protect their nation in the wake of King T'Challa's death.
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Plot: A year later after the passing of King T'Challa, Wakanda has been under pressure from other countries to share their Vibranium, with some parties attempting to steal it by force. Ramonda implores Shuri to continue her
research on the heart-shaped
herb, hoping to create a new
Black Panther that will defend
Wakanda, but she refuses as
she believes the Black Panther
to be a figure of the past. The
chase for Vibranium has led the
CIA to use a new Vibranium-
detecting machine to find what
they think is an underwater deposit
of Vibranium. The entire search team is attacked and killed by Namor and water-breathing people but the CIA believes Wakanda was responsible. Namor goes to Ramonda and Shuri, easily bypassing Wakanda's advanced security. He blames Wakanda for the new race for Vibranium, and tells them to find and give him the scientist responsible for the Vibranium-detecting machine, or he will attack Wakanda.
My Thoughts: Before I spout off my thoughts, I just want to say beware of future Kamehameha memes. Nuff said. Back to the business. Everyone did a great job acting in this film. I want to give some personal comments on a few characters.
-Namor: The fanboy geek in me didn't really care for Namor cuz he felt totally foreign to me. He wasn't mine (or our) Namor. I feel like he was wasted and has no real future purpose that I will give any fucks about. He felt more like Aquaman from Mark Waid's JLA Year One. On-screen he's probably the best villain I have seen since The Vulture. Namor wrecked the SHIT out of Wakanda. Them cats had no chance! Like most superior villains his mistake was not fatalitying their asses.
-Queen Ramonda: Angela Bassett was beyond stellar as Queen Ramonda in this sequel. She poured her heart out as a mother and as a queen of the most powerful nation in the world. There were a lot of times I thought about Storm looking at her and wishing she was her instead. Angela B should win an award for her performance in this film. I was more upset about her funeral than T'Challa but I think cuz I actually got my feels out when Chad actually passed away.
-M'Baku: He was a Vegeta in this film and he was eating meat.
-Riri Williams: She reminded me of a smart female version of Bow Wow. Like they could have a gender swap and Bow Wow would've fit in perfectly.
-Shuri: She became Batman when she became Black Panther. She totally did some Batman shit. Her fighting Namor was like Batman V Superman down to the end with a spear and a mother saves the hero from crossing the line. I like the homage shot of the cover for Shuri #2 (there you go speculators).
-Okoye: Still my favorite character and I LOVE watching her fight. Like her, I don't care for the upgrade suit either. I was hurt when Ramonda stripped her of her status but the queen had her feels and reasons.
-The rest of the movie...love all the tribute stuff for Boseman. What I dislike or I should say was dumb that T'Challa died from a disease created by the very thing that makes him Black Panther. Why none of his ancestors have caught these diseases? Then his mother wanted to recreate the source that empowered and killed her son made even less sense. I'm assuming he caught the disease from overexposure to the heart-shaped herb (think he went through the ritual 3 times?) The fanboy in me was wondering where was the surviving Avengers at for his funeral. Black Panther and everyone else went to Tony Stark's funeral. From an inside-the-universe point of view, it felt like a great disrespect that they didn't attend and it reminds me how "the world" views Wakanda and its people. Was kinda taken out of the film during the big battle between Namor's people and Wakanda because the special effects were cheap looking or just got rushed or sloppy. At the beginning of the battle the boat look big and it got smaller as it played out. Lastly, I was disappointed that we didn't get an end credit with Val. The end credit we did get (Highlight to read spoiler)we found out T'Challa has a son named Toussaint (who is probably named after Toussaint Louverture) a.k.a T'Challa II. A lot of the comic viewers and speculators will probably think he is Tosin but he's not.(End of Spoiler)
Score: I give Wakanda Forever a 9.4 (near mint).
I want to thank Regal for letting us watch this Marvelous movie in the Screen X theater. With the screen wrapped around me, I felt like I was in Wakanda. We highly recommend you watch all your movies this way when available.
Semi-spoiler review of Black Panther Wakanda Forever.