Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the thirtieth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is part of Phase 4: directly follows the events of the first film dedicated to Black Panther. It will be released in cinemas on November 9, we at Nerdando have been invited to the preview and we will tell you about it spoiler free. The film is produced by Marvel Studiosalso led by Kevin Feige, and will be distributed by The Walt Disney Company Italia.
King T’Challa is dead. A mysterious disease tore him from his family and his people, and not even the brilliant princess Shuri was able to save him, also due to the fact that in the first film Killmonger had set all the “heart-shaped herbs” that for centuries they have given the Black Panther its super powers. An immense sadness then dominates the lives of Shuri and Queen Ramondawho due to T’Challa’s decision to make the existence of Wakanda known to the world, must protect themselves from threats from other world powers, who would like to appropriate the vibranium which is found only in the mysterious African country … or not? Thanks to a machine built by a brilliant student, the United States discovers a vibranium deposit under the ocean, in the kingdom of Talocan, a hidden underwater regionthus unleashing the ire of the legitimate owners of the rare metal, especially the king Namor, a being as strong as the Hulk and able to breathe underwater but also to fly in the sky. It will then be up to Shuri, who has not yet recovered from her brother’s disappearance and who refuses to embrace the spiritual traditions of her country, to try to avoid the outbreak of a terrible war between her kingdom and Talocan, while trying to recreate the herb. in the shape of a heart that can bring the Black Panther back to protect Wakanda. So who will be the new hero who will wear the black armor of the protector of Wakanda? Go to the cinema to find out!
The cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is dominated by women, and the absolute protagonist of the film is Letita Wright reprising the role of Princess Shuri; they also come back with her Angela Bassett (Queen Ramonda), Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Florence Kasumba, while Dominique Thorne is the newcomer Riri (on which not much is explored, indeed at a certain point something is said and then it is not explained). Among the few men we find the villain of the film, Namor, played by Tenoch Huertaand then Winston Duke (M’Baku) e Martin Freeman which reprises the role of CIA agent Everett Ross who is actually quite useless in the plot except for the fact that he acts as a hook for the re-introduction of a character that I would like to talk about but cannot for the risk of spoilers.
Ryan Coogler he was in charge of the direction and screenplay of Black Panther 2 as he did for the first chapter dedicated to the superhero.
The soundtrack was composed by Ludwig Goransson who also dealt with that of the first film, while the song of the credits is “Lift me up”, written by Rihanna and director Ryan Coogler and sung by Rihanna herself.
Curiosity: Rihanna is indirectly mentioned in the film 2 times: the character played by Dominique Thorne is called Riri, as the singer’s nickname, and Shuri and Okoye at one point talk about foundation and mention the make-up brand created by Rihanna, Fenty Beauty.
Black Panther 2 it should have been very different from how it is: the premature death of the talented Chadwick Boseman in 2020 was a great loss for the cinema, and forced the filmmakers of Marvel Studios to completely review the future of the beloved African superhero. I can’t help but wonder what the film would have been like had Boseman still starred in it.
Overall I liked the film but I can’t say that I was particularly excited about it, except that I got saddened thinking about the death of Chadwick Boseman / T’Challa, whose absence is dominant in the plot. It may be that we are now in the thirtieth film of the franchise and it is difficult to see something “different” or particularly original: the plot unfolds in a linear way, there are the classic spectacular clashes accompanied by increasingly better special effects, family dramas, good against evil and so on. I would also say that maybe the film lasts a little too long: a good 2 hours and 40 minutes.
As for the villain Namor, I warn those who know the comics that his story has been extensively reworked so don’t expect to hear about Atlantis and Atlanteans. In order not to risk spoilers, I cannot tell you as much as I would like about him and about a very important thing that concerns him and that will slowly pave the way for the introduction of other Marvel characters in the MCU.
I really enjoyed the colorful Wakandian costumes inspired by African culture, even if I don’t understand the drift that lately the aesthetics of armor and uniforms are taking in superhero films: spectacularity seems to dominate functionality, in this specific case, for example, I don’t understand what sense it makes for a warrior to wear a armor full of fringes that have no use and that on the contrary risk getting entangled and or can be grabbed by enemies.
Caution: there post credit scene is just oneso this time you can avoid sitting until the end of titles like you should when watching an MCU movie.
NERDANDO IN BRIEF
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a classic movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will appeal to fans and those like me who do not miss a single chapter of the franchise, will give you many beautiful action scenes and will leave you with a little sadness.