Sequel Meets Standard

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ would certainly make Chadwick Boseman proud


“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” released in theaters Nov. 11.

Black Panther movie stars like Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o and many more return in the movie’s sequel to honor their fallen co-star Chadwick Boseman and continue the story of Wakanda.

The movie opens in a Wakandan lab while Shuri (Wright) tries to manipulate strands of DNA to cure a strange illness her brother, Boseman’s character T’Challa, possesses. Her mother comes in to tell her she has failed and there is a cut to a funeral scene that uses cultural values to celebrate the great life T’Challa had rather than mourn his passing. The rest of the story follows Shuri as she learns to heal from the loss of her brother while connecting with old friends and new foes.

The Black Panther sequel, though lengthy, is a movie that wasted no second of time. Each scene was impactful, and you can truly feel the actors’ dedication to the film through the screen, most notably Wright and Bassett’s. Both women conveyed a beautiful and heartbreaking display of emotion to each and every scene, and it really brought the film together.

As well as the actors themselves, the wardrobe they were wearing was impressive. Despite some obvious slips in the CGI budget, there were spectacular gowns, super suits, armor and more.

While the usual aspects of a Marvel movie were there, there was a piece in this one that set it apart from others. The previous Black Panther movie was no stranger to incorporating culture, but the sequel took it a step further. Like how the Norse mythology played a heavy hand in the Thor movies, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” used Maya mythology to introduce the villain of the film. The movie mentioned gods, origins and even based aspects of the movie on Maya history and customs. Through this they created a villain that you wanted to be beat but you could still feel empathy for.

Though still second to the original movie, the sequel sets a high bar for the next Marvel movie to meet. Whether you’re an avid Marvel fan or just a casual movie goer, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is a must see this November.