Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Movie Review


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Compared to other Avengers movies, Black Panther 2 is not as action-packed.

by Brianna Park, Features Editor

The new action movie “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” directed by Ryan Coogler was released on November 11, 2022. After the cinematic masterpiece, “Black Panther”, many Avengers fans have high hopes for this one. The movie is about Wakanda fighting against a new nation of the sea, Talokan. 

The movie features a new hero, Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, a refreshing departure from the usual male hero found in action films.  This representation of Shuri makes her a great role model for others and demonstrates the importance of wits and knowledge. The movie portrays the character development which leads to a lesson about how different situations can be seen in a different light. 

The development starts with Shuri being in denial about her brother’s passing, however the loss of her mother leads her to come to acceptance and she moves on for it for the sake of the nation, Wakanda. The grievance of her mother turns to loathing of Namor, and she successfully makes herself the new Black Panther. During the fight between Namor and Black Panther, Shuri realizes vengeance is not what her mother would’ve wanted and ends in a peaceful alliance. This demonstrates a good influence of how we shouldn’t let our anger consume us. 

Though the movie was filled with many positive aspects, there were also several negative parts of it. Compared to other Avengers movies, Wakanda Forever was not as action packed and didn’t involve as much fighting scenes as the others. Due to Shuri’s power coming from her knowledge and not her strength, it can only show so much violence. Another factor was the movie’s running time being 2 hours 41 minutes, which is the record for the longest Avengers movie. As much as the movie was fun, the plot development takes a long time, which can bore the audience and for the amount of action the time might be just too long. Despite these negatives, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is worth the investment of time.