It’s very hard for actors to be taken seriously in blockbusters but Angela Bassett’s incredible portrayal of Queen Ramonda in Wakanda Forever was an exception. She has now become the first actor to be nominated for an Academy Award in a Marvel movie which is beyond exciting. The Black Panther franchise is still the template of the superhero genre at its finest. Ryan Coogler not only beat the sequel curse, but he also showed that his stories truly are, pun intended, marvel-ous.
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Marvel has had their relative ups and downs in Phase 4 but the last three installments (Werewolf By Night, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special) have been unanimous favorites among the fandom because of their exceptional quality.
The Holiday Special was a striking reminder of how lovable the Guardians can be in James Gunn’s hands. The special features exciting new changes to the team like the lovable addition of Cosmo the Space Dog, voiced by Maria Bakalova, a much different-looking version of Groot, and Mantis’s personality is fully developing.
Beyond that, the special has another couple of extra fun surprises up its sleeve that made the holiday special not just funny but warm and inviting. I didn’t just like this special, I absolutely loved it. It provided everything I could’ve hoped for and it reinvigorated my love for these characters just in time before their third movie which drops next May.
I’m giving it 95 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was really beautiful.
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Two weeks ago I watched Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for the first time and like four years ago with Black Panther, I was overcome with emotion by the power of seeing so many beautiful, smart, and powerful POC on the big screen. This time, the movie was laced with a new emotion though, grief. Grief and vengeance are at the heart of this movie in a way that could’ve easily felt overwhelming or mishandled. Instead, what transpires is a superhero epic that at times feels grander than most superhero movies.
Every action scene feels a little longer and a bit more visceral, especially compared to Black Panther. Every section of dialogue feels important and interesting, And the music in this superhero film is the best I’ve heard in any superhero movie ever. It’s astoundingly good.
Yes, the title contains a pun but I couldn’t help it. The word enchanting is exactly the adjective I thought was an appropriate description of this film because that’s precisely what it was.
Enchanted is one of the best Disney movies with a clever approach to the classic fairy tale story. In fact, it’s also one of the funniest Disney films with a heap of humor that’ll have you laughing out loud. Disenchanted is not as amusing, instead taking a slightly darker approach devoid of the naivety and wonder of the first film and bringing the characters to a disheartening reality.
I was expecting a sequel that was going to suffer the sequel curse but this movie did not. In fact, it was fantastic.
The MCU has a lot of characters. I’m talking a lot, a lot. Heroes perish and ten or more new characters appear to fill the void they’ve left behind. But there are those characters whose grandeur surpasses the crowd surrounding them. There are some apparent standouts regarding new characters who made their debut in Phase 4; Shang-Chi, Sylvie, Eternals Thena and Makkari, Yelena Belova, and Moon Knight. And then there’s Namor.
Yesterday I shared my updated MCU ranking with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever becoming my second favorite movie in the entire franchise! I never thought I’d see the day when I would enjoy a film more than Captain America: The Winter Soldier but the impact this movie had and is still having on me is truly special.
The heart of this film is a story about grief but in the midst of all that grief is a wealth of fascinating characters whose stories impact the movie in exciting ways. And while Shuri is the lead character I’m finding myself drawn to the antagonist of the film in the same way that happened when I watched Black Panther four years ago.
In Black Panther, we were introduced to Erik Killmonger, a one-off villain whose impact was so special I refused to believe he had died. Michael B. Jordan took the character to incredible heights with the screentime that he had, becoming my favorite character in the movie and the best villain in the MCU…until Thanos arrived a few months later in Infinity War.
Well, Ryan Coogler has done it again by creating another well-rounded, three-dimensional antagonist in Namor.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was one of a kind. An emotionally charged sequel with the very real possibility of being underwhelming. Instead, it exceeded all expectations, becoming not just a profound tribute to one of this generation’s greatest actors, Chadwick Boseman, but becoming yet another powerful addition to the MCU.
Because it was so good I felt I could no longer wait to share where I rank this film in the MCU so here we are. Enjoy!
39. The Incredible Hulk
Who knew that this movie would now be one of the most important early films in the MCU? I’ve got to watch it again so I know who The Leader is by the time of Captain America: New World Order.
Thor has its moments but overall it’s pretty subpar.