Wakanda Forever: Pluses, Minuses

Audience approves of themes of loss, suffering Critics criticize dialogue, storyline


Zoe Silva

The action packed Marvel movie, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, begins where the Black Panther movie left off. It follows Queen Ramonda with her strong women warriors Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye and the Dora Milaje, fighting to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter in life, the heroes must band together with King T’Challa’s love interest and former warrior Nakia to forge a new path for their beloved kingdom.

   “It was already going to be tough just trying to make a sequel to the first film because of how it was received, and how it hit people. Then obviously, it got complicated by Chad’s (King t” Challa) passing and our human reactions to that event,” Producer of Wakanda Forever Nate Moore said, during a Q&A with Collider.

   The movie is dedicated to the late Chadwin Boseman, who passed away in August 2020. He played King T’Challa in the first Black Panther. Sure, the producers could’ve recast someone else to play Black Panther, but the  Marvel President Kevin Feige felt it wasn’t the right strategy.

    “It just felt like it was much too soon to recast,” Feige said in an interview with Empire

   Another thing that greatly catches people’s attention is how the movie portrays themes of loss and suffering and how the characters deal with it which resonates with the audience. The royal family lose many family members and the people of Wakanda sacrifice much to keep their country safe and to protect the precious metal Vibranium from falling into the wrong hands.

   Some reviewers say that the movie has too much plot. From problems with other countries wanting to take over Wakanda to all of the character’s problems and back stories, it’s hard to focus on just one thing.  

   Wakanda Forever has a great cast and pays proper tribute to Boseman, although it does have a lot going on in the plot, the rich characters and themes of loss and sacrifice make the movie worth seeing.