‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ cherishes legacy

Marvel pays tribute to the late actor.


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Left to right: Dorothy Steel as Merchant Tribe Elder, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda and Danai Gurira as Okoye

Mohammad Najimi, Staff Writer

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ” is a rollercoaster of emotions that solidifies the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a hopeful state. The sequel to the 2018 film “Black Panther,” the film pays tribute to the real-life actor for T’Challa, Chadwick Boseman, who passed away due to colon cancer 2 years ago. The strengths for this film can be found in its plot, the reason for the villain, and the plot twist at the end makes this film worth the watch. 

The most recent Marvel films before this release were mediocre, but this movie has brought all the fans back to Marvel’s good side, due to the amazing direction that the director, Ryan Coogler, went with the movie. The flow of the movie was as smooth as one of Marvel’s most successful films “Avengers: Infinity War” went. The entire film felt like a tribute to Boseman and that was probably Coogler’s intention for the movie. 

The film followed Shuri, portrayed by Letitia Wright, as she tried to find a way to grieve her brother’s death while Namor, portrayed by Tenoch Huerta, aimed to murder a scientist who built a machine that could detect vibranium from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. 

There were some comedic moments in the film, but they weren’t overbearing and made the movie less serious than it already was. Fans know that DC is typically the company that turns their films darker, while Marvel is more light-hearted to give their fans an enjoyable watch. 

There was amazing character work throughout the movie, as a big standout for the movie was Queen Ramonda, portrayed by Angela Bassett, who voiced out a particular emotional and moving scene after the film reached a climactic point. Bassett produced her best showing in this movie in her career and it truly showed the toll it took on Ramonda during the events of the movie. Other notable standouts from the movie were Tenoch Huerta as Namor, Letitia Wright as Shuri, and Danai Gurira as Okoye.

The fight scenes during the movie were the best part as it demonstrated the toughness, grit, and strength that each character needed in order to stop the opposing person. The fight scene at the end showed that Shuri can do so much more than build technology to enhance the future of Wakanda. 

The movie gave the Marvel timeline more hype now since a new hero has been introduced in the movie. Fans of the MCU wouldn’t want to miss this movie as a result.

The previous installments of movies within the MCU turned away fans because they lacked the innovation that the movies needed to further the storyline that was in play from previous movies. 

Hopefully with this movie, Marvel stays on course and builds off of the current storyline instead of making a whole new one.