ROME – It cannot be told Black Panther: Wakanda Forever without considering the very strong and dispassionate emotional value of the work. Because, from start to finish, Ryan Coogler (and the whole cast) is confronted with the deafening absence of Chadwick Boseman. Every word, every look, every turn focuses on the memory of him and his legacy as a man rather than as an actor. It could not have been otherwise, there could not be more heartfelt and nobler tributes. The Throne of Wakanda is the orphan of a central figure, capable of having rewritten the spiritual and human rules of the poetic Marvel which, with the sequel to Black Pantherconcludes a winding one Phase 4.
A necessarily mournful and painful film, far from certain legacies yet consistent with a narrative different from past glories and surprising epic. Today, in the saga par excellence, that of records and of the big stars, everything seems to have changed: the unexpected has left the field to the normality of heroes, more human, more disconnected, more angry. Like us? Maybe. And in its imposing majesty (the duration is almost three hours), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever it forks into the painful legacy of a lost hero and, meanwhile, with the need to move forward, to seek a new dawn that dispels the darkness of an endless night. Here, the end: Ryan Coogler chooses circularity to tell the story of Wakanda which has become the center of a new world.
The great powers would like to take advantage of its incredible mineral stock, would like to profit, probably colonize it. Long live the King, then, but the King is no more. The ghost of T’Challa resonates in the memories and tears of her mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and her sister Shuri (Letita Wright), who must defend the Kingdom from an invasion that is as political as it is violent. After a misunderstanding, the threat comes from the underwater civilization of Talocan and its King, Namor (Tenoch Huerta). On the occasion of the thirtieth film, in fact, Kevin Feige chooses to introduce in the MCU one of the very first Marvel characters, who appeared for the first time in 1939 when the House of Ideas was still Timely Comics.
Other times and other stories, which return in one of the most complex chapters of this great and unstoppable show. Complex because the dramatic reflections are necessarily accentuated, and complex because the current narrative conceptualizes the show as a format by now established, safe and studied in detail, in which amazement becomes a familiar element (perhaps too much?), Unraveling the wonderful intuitions that we have. admired until Avengers: Endgame. At the same time, however, the symbolism of Wakanda is still strongly social and cultural, widening the margins of a poetics and a technique that have been able to rewrite cinema and its moods. Speaking of technique: the final note cannot fail to mention the soundtrack by Ludwig Göransson, capable of rendering Black Panther: Wakanda Forever a real musical blaze.
- Letitia Wright tells the movie
Here the trailer of Black Panther 2: