Four years ago when Black Panther entered theaters I remember being overwhelmed by how powerful it was. To see so many beautiful, intelligent, inspiring Black people on the big screen in a fashion that was 100% empowering was something I truly had never seen before.
It’s been four years since I’ve felt the power of this side of the MCU and Ryan Coogler did NOT disappoint with this sequel. He understands that sequels always have to up the ante and that means more characters, bigger action sequences, and even greater depth than what came before. He delivered that with Wakanda Forever, a film that never settles for being anything other than an emotional, ultra-serious story.
There is levity, allowing audiences to laugh every once in a while, but this is not Ant-Man. This is what I think people were expecting Thor: Love and Thunder to be except they forgot it was being directed by Taika Waititi, a man known for his comedic storytelling. Wakanda Forever is emotional up and down the board, with several scenes designed to get your eyes watery.
The cast was top-notch, with Angela Basset and Letitia Wright producing outstanding performances. Wright came into her own in this movie, forcing us to understand that this movie was about her and that she was totally able to handle a lead role such as that.
And Tenoch Huerta, my my my. There are great casting choices in the MCU and then there are stellar casting choices. Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Josh Brolin, are some of the most impeccable castings in the MCU. Tenoch joins their ranks easily with a performance that is utter perfection.
He can invoke emotions that make him seem almost prince-like as if he’s still a young man rather than a 500-year-old being. And then he can be a terrifying antagonist whose power in the film is literally eye-widening.
I have so much to say but I’ll finally leave it at this. Wakanda Forever is a perfect sequel in the fact that it has cast a brand new light on Black Panther, Infinity War, and Endgame in ways I wasn’t expecting. If a sequel can do that it has accomplished its goal.
I’m giving Wakanda Forever 95 out of 100 and 4 and a half stars. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.