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.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is packed with twists, a new aquatic world, and two new superheroes – packed into a dense 2 hours and 41 minutes. On the red carpet, Marvel chief Kevin Feige praised the original team’s world-building, “It’s all about Ryan Coogler. It’s a celebration.”
— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) October 27, 2022
#BlackPantherWakandaForever is a beautiful tribute to Chadwick Boseman. Visually stunning, with Angela Bassett commanding every scene she inhabits. Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up” will do that for many. Another great post-credits scene that really is a dropper. I don’t know about the Oscars. pic.twitter.com/55YSor1PrD
— Clayton Davis – Stick with 🇺🇦 (@ByClaytonDavis) October 27, 2022
Black Panther: #WakandaForever is Marvel’s most poignant and powerful film to date. It’s heavy and dark as it should be, and mostly ditches the signature studio tone. The craftsmanship elevates in every way imaginable and the performance lives up to the occasion. pic.twitter.com/aAK7jjRMra
— Brian Davids (@PickYourBrian) October 27, 2022
#WakandaForeverhas a greater scope and scale than #Black Panther, but his story is also one of Marvel’s most intimate and heartfelt. It’s definitely a comic book movie, but it’s a movie that centers on grief and the grieving process rather than superheroes and spectacle. Full review soon pic.twitter.com/MzIjwVzjBd
— Charles, Witch of Mercury (@CharlesPulliam) October 27, 2022
#WakandaForever is exceptional. He handles loss, grief, and revenge with a maturity and seriousness rarely seen in the MCU. Black Panther continues to be their crown jewel. Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett and Tenoch Huerta all bring some of the best acting I’ve seen all year. pic.twitter.com/ECqGxfEyFi
— Lando (@orlandoenelcine) October 27, 2022
#BlackPantherWakandaForever prioritizes feeling over spectacle and, for the most part, it’s a transporting and engrossing triumph. Arguably Marvel Studio’s most deeply felt and emotional extravaganza. Ludwig’s score is also a stopwatch. 🐆 pic.twitter.com/EAZK118L8A
— Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) October 27, 2022
Another reason I’m so impressed #BlackPantherWakandaForever is #RyanCoogler had the impossible task of trying to make a sequel without #ChadwickBoseman & make it feel respectful, but also make the franchise go on and he hit a home run. It’s going to be a HUGE success for @MarvelStudios. pic.twitter.com/mMd9WFjung
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 27, 2022
No spoilers. Wakanda Forever had so many emotions!!! It was scary and BRU-TAL in places. Heartbreaking and beautiful. And the fight scenes were WILD. I am in awe of the care taken in representing these cultures. #WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/HHSClXcxoY
— Dani Fernandez (@msdanifernandez) October 27, 2022
Black Panther: #WakandaForever is as epic as Marvel’s sequels. The story is hugely ambitious and thematically rewarding with heartbreaking twists and turns throughout. You feel the length but it’s fun, insanely beautiful and has the best credits scene in Marvel history, no contest. pic.twitter.com/zD8nYIFKXC
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) October 27, 2022
#Black Panther Wakanda Forever is excellent. An immensely powerful story of moving forward – sometimes overwhelming, but also beautifully cathartic and encouraging. I can’t forget how much the film deserves this title. pic.twitter.com/jYZedeJgT1
— Perribite (@PNemiroff) October 27, 2022
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