‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ ‘Claws’ Its Way into Viewers’ Hearts


Dheeksha Bhima Reddy

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has grossed global sales of $331 million with the first day of its release, making it the seventh largest blockbuster movie from Marvel Studios, according to CBS News. Its new and unique heroine brings a fresh aspect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and represents a great victory in the film-making industry for women.

Marvel Studios released “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” on Nov. 11, once again using its wide-scale influence to create a masterpiece. The film is unlike many previous Marvel movies as it diverges from generic plotlines and immerses itself in relevant topics present today.

The film grossed $181 million on its first weekend in North America and $150 million internationally, bringing its global sales to an impressive $331 million and making it the second biggest blockbuster movie this year (2022), according to the New York Times.

After the passing of original Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman in 2020, many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe expressed alarm as to who would fill the place of King T’Challa. However, these concerns quelled after the release of the blockbuster and its unique heroine.

The story revolves around Shuri (Letitia Wright), who mourns the death of her brother, King T’Challa. She struggles in her new position as the Black Panther and leader of Wakanda while fending off a mysterious army of water soldiers who seek world domination and the conquest of Vibranium.

The movie is rich with elements of humor, female empowerment and racial representation while addressing deeper topics of grief and responsibility. These themes in the “Black Panther” sequel adds to its unique and captivating storytelling of empowering women and growing responsibility.

A majority of the main cast are women who play strong, independent characters, increasing variety in the superhero genre while also working to defeat harmful gender norms which most hypermasculine superhero films portray. This is a refreshing take compared to previous Marvel movies as it brings anticipation for further developments of other female superheroes such as Captain Marvel, Valkyrie and Kate Bishop.

“Wakanda Forever” not only conveys mourning for the death of King T’Challa, but also pays respect to actor Chadwick Boseman, as viewers can feel real emotions of the cast through the screen. This sequel is interpreted as a tribute to the late actor by acknowledging his influence as the original Black Panther and commemorating his life and legacy.

Overall, a solid 9 out of 10. Shuri’s journey in leading Wakanda even during her grieving was a truly touching storyline that connected viewers to the emotions of the actors. And though the movie had many elements of humor, it also successfully added tension, suspense and action to its scenes, creating a masterpiece that may be a start of a new Marvel age.


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