Black Panther Wakanda Forever review: Sequel pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman and King T’Challa, powerful villain is Neymour

Cast: Leticia Wright, Angela Bassett, Tenoch Oierta Media, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o
Director: Ryan Coogler

When actor Chadwick Boseman entered the role of Black Panther in ‘Captain America: Civil War (2016), the energy of the fans was worth seeing in the theatres. In 2018, Marvel gave his character a solo film. And seeing the whole journey of King T’Challa in ‘Black Panther’ and his country ‘Wakanda’ hidden from the eyes of the world, people’s eyes were opened. But in 2020, Chadwick passed away from colon cancer. And by then work had started on ‘Black Panther 2’.

Black Panther Wakanda Forever review

The makers announced that no other actor would be cast in place of Chadwick in ‘Black Panther 2’, nor would his character be brought back on screen through special effects. Fans also welcomed this decision of the studio but a new excitement also came into them. To see who will be the protector of Wakanda now and this character who will play an important role in the coming phase of Marvel, and how the story of this country will develop. Will it happen?

So the first thing that comes to mind after watching ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ is that there couldn’t be a better tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman and King T’Challa of Wakanda. It was clear from the trailer that Black Panther, the protector of Wakanda, is about to return. Like Chadwick in real life, the character that Chadwick played, King T’Challa, died in the story of the film. So the question is, who will be the new Black Panther?

You will get the answer to this question better only by watching the film. Because heroes are just an icon, a torch of hope. But the inspiration to give that hope a face of change on the ground comes from the story of the making of that hero. And ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ may be a sequel, but due to the unique situation of its story, it also works like an origin story.

Story | Black Panther Wakanda Forever review

Without giving spoilers, the story is simple. There is no longer a Black Panther in Wakanda after the departure of King T’Challa. King’s policy was that the doors of Wakanda, which were still away from the eyes of the world, should be opened for the rest of the world as well. T’Challa’s decision was so that the world could learn from the best technology of Wakanda, share it and move towards progress. But the ambition of other countries not only creates something, it can also destroy it. In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Wakanda is a sad country that has just lost its Supreme Leader and is vulnerable.

Vibranium, which makes them powerful, is the focus of attention at the moment and many countries have started searching for new sources of this amazingly powerful metal, around Wakanda. On one such mission, a machine of the American agency disturbs the Talokan Kingdom, which is situated under the sea. The math is simple, King Nemour of Talokan feels that because Wakanda opened its doors to the world, he too is in danger. On the other hand, the fleet on a mission to Vibranium has been destroyed by Talokan. And the American agency only knows about the existence of Wakanda in that area, so they are considering Wakanda a villain. That is, the challenge in front of Wakanda is on both fronts.

Where he has no fear of the rest of the world, Nemour is a dangerous and powerful superhero. His army is also very big and powerful. That is, Wakanda now desperately needs a new Black Panther. So who will wear this suit this time? With great interest in this story, there is also the entry of a new character, Riri Williams, who you must have seen in the trailer in the suit of the new superhero Ironheart.

Direction| Black Panther Wakanda Forever review

Director Ryan Coogler should get full credit for the fact that he has extracted a great story out of an extraordinary situation. Your leading actor is no more in the world. And his character is going to play a big role in the further stories of the Marvel Universe after Ironman dies in ‘Avengers: End Game’ and Captain America retires. In such a situation, there is a big challenge in front of you both in real reality and onscreen. On top of that, there is also the pressure of not disappointing crores of fans around the world.

The way Ryan has taken the story forward from this situation is excellent. That conflict remains constant in the treatment of the story, where on one side is Wakanda, which has become vulnerable, and on the other, Wakanda royalty, mourning King T’Challa. That is Shuri, Queen Ramonda, Nakia, and Okoye.

Along with doing all this, he also had to bring Nemor on the screen in a powerful way, which is one of Marvel’s most powerful characters. Namor’s entry in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ is very strong and he is such a villain whose power and thinking can be very dangerous.

Acting performance | Black Panther Wakanda Forever review

Seeing Angela Bassett on screen as Queen Ramonda of Wakanda will give you goosebumps. The physical element in his acting is very strong and his every expression is visible not only on his face but also in his entire body language. His conversation with Shuri and Nemour is strong, his speech at the UN seems to be a wonderful moment.

Letitia Wright, playing the role of Shuri, has lived her role with the same seriousness that was expected from her character. The presence and acting of Tenoch Huerta Media in the role of Nemor are strong. Danai Gurira as Okoye, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, and the rest of the cast.

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