Wakanda Forever Review

Wakanda Forever Movie Review

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to the world-wide 2018 phenomena, Black Panther, is to say the very least, an extremely moving and emotional film about grief and fighting for what you love.

After legendary actor and former Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman, died in 2020, millions have wondered and worried where Marvel would go with this film and how they would handle the story and a proper passing of the torch of the Black Panther character. When the first trailer debuted at San Diego Comic Con 2022, it received much recognition from the public and media and was predicted to be one of the best films of the decade so far. Since the film’s release on November 11th, it has made over $750 million worldwide and has received hundreds of positive reviews, many of which saying it has lived up to the expectations set by its beautiful first trailer.

The movie, picks up quickly with the death of Boseman’s character, King T’Challa, while his former comic-relief, now more serious and atoned sister, Shuri tries to save him with a synthetic version of the heart-shaped herb, the mystical plant that grants the strength and versatility of the Black Panther. After she fails to save him, the floodgates open for other world powers, primarily France and the U.S., to try and take Wakanda’s “private” and extremely wealthy resource, vibranium, for themselves.

After Wakanda is successful with defending an outreach center from France, everything goes downhill for Wakanda, however as a Nasa engineer finds vibranium in the ocean with a vibranium detector made by college student, Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne). The engineer and her crew get attacked, however, by the owners of the secret vibranium and are all killed before the secret can get to the government and public media. It’s later revealed these unknown possessors of vibranium are the ocean-dwellers of Talokan, Marvel’s adaptation of the mythical city of Atlantis, and are ruled by the vengeful Namor or Ku’Kul’Kan, the Feathered Serpent God.

Namor, wanting revenge on the surface, tries to negotiate with Wakanda because he knows how strong they are and how much vibranium the two powers could share together. When Wakanda backs out and doesn’t work with Talokan, Namor goes to war and drowns Wakanda’s capital city, practically destroying it. In the aftermath of the battle, Shuri realizes that the people are without hope and need a Black Panther, which is exactly what she becomes.
This was the best way Marvel could have handled the character because Shuri was also Black panther in the comics whenever T’Challa was missing or fighting a villain with the Avengers on another planet.
After a long battle between the two kingdoms above Talokan, Shuri finds peace with herself and Namor and the kingdoms find peace with each other and don’t go to war with the rest of the world over vibranium.

Wakanda Forever sets the stage for many future projects such as The Thunderbolts (2024) and Ironheart (2023), because of it’s many subplots and characters like Riri Williams and how the U.S. will handle Wakanda and still, quite unknown, Talokan working together.

Freshman Avery W. said it “was a great, emotionally gratifying movie, with amazing cinematography and decent writing and did a great job honoring Boseman while carrying his along with the character’s legacy.”