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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever — A Blockbuster Comes with Loss and Hope

by Sarah Soliman

One of the fall’s biggest blockbusters is sure to be Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, a film that is widely regarded as the best entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It garnered a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards and won Oscars for Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design. Director Ryan Coogler is back at the helm for Wakanda Forever, and from what we’ve seen from trailers and early reaction, this film appears to be just as visually stunning and immersive as the first.

While excitement for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is high, there is also a sadness to this moment in film history. Chadwick Boseman, the actor who brought the iconic character of T’Challa to life on screen, passed away in the summer of 2020, after several years fighting cancer. Coogler and the cast of Wakanda Forever have spoken about how they grieved together while filming, and that honoring Chadwick’s legacy was a driving force behind the making of this movie. Judging by the emotional and moving trailers, Wakanda Forever will let the audience feel that loss as well, as the story of Wakanda continues.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens at The Picture House Bronxville on Thursday, November 10. Before you see the film, you can enjoy these articles from Black writers diving into Black Panther, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and the loss of Chadwick Boseman.

Why Black Panther is the Jewel in the Marvel Franchise by Carla Renata

Angela Bassett Reveals How Cast Honored Chadwick Boseman While Filming Black Panther 2 by Tanay Hudson

How Marvel’s First Black Writer Finally Made Black Panther’s T’Challa an Iconic Hero by Brian Josephs

Move or Be Moved: Interview with ‘Black Panther’ Actress Florence Kasumba by Valerie Complex

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Teaser Trailer: Stunning Look at Sequel Shows Mourning of T’Challa, Namor Introduced by Trey Magnum

Rihanna’s ‘Lift Me Up’ is a Perfect Tribute to Chadwick Boseman by Noah A. McGee

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