Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Early Reactions Hail Moving Marvel Sequel

Early reactions have started to roll in for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as the Phase 4 finale gets ready to come out in theaters in November. After a long journey, MCU Phase 4 is coming to a close, but perhaps with the most emotionally charged film in Marvel Studios’ entire slate. While Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will continue the franchise, it will, unfortunately, be without its original star following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman in August 2020.

With Boseman’s portrayal of T’Challa becoming synonymous with the Marvel icon, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will not recast the role, but rather pass on the mantle to a new hero. Directed again by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever follows the kingdom having to fight for their nation against outside forces following T’Challa’s death. It’s still unclear how the MCU will address T’Challa’s passing, as Marvel Studios is keeping those plot details under wraps. Not only will a new Black Panther emerge in the MCU, but the sequel is also set to finally introduce the first live-action interpretation of Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta​​​​​​.

As Black Panther: Wakanda Forever just had its official Hollywood premiere, early reactions have already begun to roll out on social media. Those who saw the movie are united in their praise of its emotional power, and many cite the introduction of Namor as well-handled. Indeed, some go as far as calling Black Panther: Wakanda Forever the best Marvel movie yet.

Ever since Black Panther: Wakanda Forever went into production, there have been a lot of questions about how the sequel would wrap up T’Challa’s arc in the MCU while also honoring Boseman’s legacy. The early reactions, for obvious reasons, don’t touch upon how Black Panther: Wakanda Forever finishes his journey. However, it’s a strong sign that many are looking at Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as respectful when it comes to the subject of grieving and healing from the loss of a loved one. Even though it’s evident that the film will be emotionally heavy for many, it also seems that it will allow audiences to mourn together while also looking at the film as a celebration of Boseman.

With only a few weeks left to go before the whole world gets to see Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it will definitely be interesting to see what the general response is to the MCU installment. While there will always be the side that believes Marvel Studios should have recast T’Challa, it’s understandable why they didn’t and instead went in another direction. Black Panther made cinematic history for many reasons, and Boseman’s depiction of T’Challa was a crucial part of that; recasting the role and asking another actor to follow that performance is much easier said than done. Following the first set of early Black Panther: Wakanda Forever reactions, fans will surely be more eager to learn how Marvel brings MCU Phase 4 to a close.

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