Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: “Rises to its toughest challenge with care”

“I couldn’t just keep going as if nothing had happened,” someone declares halfway through Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to Marvel’s Black Panther. Rest assured: after the devastating loss of Chadwick Boseman in 2020, director Ryan Coogler has no intention of acting as if nothing had happened. 

Between its Marvel Cinematic Universe-building, world-threatening narrative, spectacular dust-ups, and blistering nemesis, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is seared by a sense of loss. From beginning to end, Coogler honors the legacies of Boseman and T’Challa with depth and love, sensitivity, and dignity. Even if this bold, fully felt follow-up stumbles slightly over its workload elsewhere, it rises to its toughest challenge with care and hits hard where it needs to. 

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