Published On: Tue, Nov 8th, 2022

Review: ‘Wakanda Forever’ Is a Beautiful Expression of Mourning and a Fantasy Epic

Letitia Wright in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

It has been four years since we have seen Marvel’s Wakanda under the creative direction of Ryan Coogler. In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Coogler was faced with not only paying tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa/Black Panther, after his death, but also incorporating that loss into the story itself. On top of that, they were also introducing one of Marvel’s most iconic anti-heroes and exploring Wakanda’s future without him. And Coogler sticks the landing.

There is no denying that things probably got shaken up by the loss of Boseman, but the turmoil of that loss is expressed well by Shuri (Letitia Wright), who waffles between rage, denial, and isolation. Meanwhile, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) is the queen mother of Wakanda, ruling following the death of her son. Forces in the West, specifically America and France, are trying to steal vibranium from the Wakandans or find it elsewhere—which leads an American team to the aquatic resources of Namor (Tenoch Huerta). While the threat is neutralized, Namor approaches Shuri and Ramonda, telling them that T’Challa’s opening of Wakanda to the world brought vibranium to the attention of the world, threatening his kingdom, Talokan, which drives the film’s main conflict.

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