March 20, 2023
Letitia Wright as Shuri in Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ first reactions: Marvel’s ‘most intimate and heartfelt’ film

The “poignant and powerful” sequel to 2018’s “Black Panther” premiered Wednesday night at Los Angeles raves.

After a Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday night, early reactions to “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” are pouring in. Critics have applauded writer/director Ryan Coogler’s MCU episode that both honors the legacy of the late Chadwick Boseman while introducing new characters to the epic world of Wakanda. .

Wednesday’s early showings were split between the Dolby Theater and El Capitan across the street. Along with cast and crew, Dolby brought in everyone from Quinta Brunson and Sheryl Lee Ralph to Chloe x Halle and Daveed Diggs. Marvel stars like Simu Liu, Kumail Nanjiani and Iman Vellani also showed up for the world premiere, along with directors (MCU and non-MCU) Destin Daniel Cretton, Gina Prince-Bythewood, David Lowery, Rian Johnson and Steve Caple Jr. The audience applauded for every character introduction, especially for newcomer Tenoch Huerta as Namor and for Dominique Thorne.

In “Black Panther 2”, after the death of King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the film’s sequel centers on his mother, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), warning about the undersea king of Talokan, Namor (Huerta), who threatens to take over the surface world. Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and Dora Milaje (Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and chart a new course for the kingdom of Wakanda. The film also stars Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

Tickets are on sale now for the MCU feature, which premieres November 11, which returns to the kingdom of Wakanda where a new threat emerges from a hidden undersea nation called Talokan. Kevin Feige and Nate Moore are producing the film. The soundtrack also includes a new song by Rihanna in honor of Boseman.

Marvel Studios president Feige recently explained why King T’Challa (Boseman) wasn’t recast after his death in August 2020.

“It just felt like it was way too soon,” Feige told Empire magazine. “Stan Lee always said that Marvel represented the world outside your window. And we had talked about how, as extraordinary and fantastic as our characters and our stories are, there is a relatable and human element in everything. what we do. The world is still dealing with the loss of Chad. And [director] Ryan [Coogler] poured that into history.

Check out more reactions below.

Additional reporting by Marcus Jones.

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