Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has just had its official Hollywood premiere, and initial reactions are praising Marvel’s most emotional film yet.
The first reactions are pouring in for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as the Phase 4 finale gears up to hit theaters in November. After a long journey, MCU Phase 4 is coming to an end, but with arguably the most emotionally charged movie in the entire Marvel Studios slate. While Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will continue the franchise, it will sadly 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 rearrange the role, but rather pass the mantle on to a new hero. Directed again by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever follows the kingdom that must fight for their nation against outside forces after T’Challa’s death. It’s still unclear how the MCU will handle T’Challa’s passing, as Marvel Studios is keeping those plot details a secret. Not only will a new Black Panther make an appearance in the MCU, but the sequel will finally introduce the first live-action interpretation of Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta.
As Black Panther: Wakanda Forever just had its official Hollywood premiere, the first reactions have already started on social media. Those who have seen the film are united in praising its emotional power, with many citing Namor’s introduction as well handled. Some even go as far as calling Black Panther: Wakanda Forever the best Marvel movie to date.
Why Black Panther: Wakanda Forever reactions are so positive
Since Black Panther: Wakanda Forever went into production, there were 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 responses, for obvious reasons, don’t address how Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ends his journey. However, it is a strong sign that many are looking at Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever equally respectful when it comes to grieving and healing the loss of a loved one. While it’s clear that the film will be emotionally heavy for many, it also appears that audiences may grieve together while also seeing the film as a celebration of Boseman.
With only a few weeks to go before the whole world sees it Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it will certainly be interesting to see what the general reaction is to the MCU episode. While there will always be a side that believes Marvel Studios should have recast T’Challa, it’s understandable why they didn’t and instead went in a different direction. Black Panther made movie history for many reasons, and Boseman’s portrayal of T’Challa was a crucial part of that; rearranging the role and asking another actor to follow that performance is much easier said than done. After the first set early Black Panther: Wakanda Forever comments, fans will certainly be more excited to learn how Marvel brings MCU Phase 4 to a close.
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