The highly anticipated MCU biggie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has managed to live up to its hype – at least according to early reviews. The film, which is slated to hit theaters on November 11, has impressed critics with many considering it a truly “epic sequel.”
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is directed by Letitia Wright following the untimely death of original star, Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in 2020. While Boseman played King T’Challa in the 2018 blockbuster, Wright starred as his merry younger sister, Shuri. The film currently has a “fresh” score of 87% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, whose consensus reads: “A poignant tribute that satisfactorily advances the franchise, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever marks an ambitious and emotionally rewarding triumph for the MCU.”
David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter called Black Panther: Wakanda Forever a “soulful tribute” to Chadwick Boseman and marveled at the team for delivering a “deeply satisfying” film despite its predecessor’s “breakthrough impact”.
Facing the challenging prospect of following his $1.3 billion blockbuster without the charismatic protagonist who gave the noble heart of that first film, Ryan Coogler pays an emotionally resonant tribute to Chadwick Boseman in the early scenes of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever who will leave no fan unmoved,” read a portion of the review.
USA Today’s Brian Truitt wrote that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is an “in-depth, action-packed look at life and legacy,” with Coogler delivering a powerful sequel. “(The film is) funny, clever and heartbreaking, impressive in its world-building, honest in its view of world politics and, of course, packed with huge action scenes,” read one part of the review.
Janet A Leigh of Digital Spy said the sequel lives up to Chadwick Boseman’s legacy and wrote what the team has managed to build is “no less than excellent.”
However, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called Black Panther: Wakanda Forever a “messy sequel” and wrote that weak action and forced MCU subplots keep the film from greatness, but the “emotional undercurrents run deeper than any Marvel movie.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever also stars Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Dominique Thorne, Florence Kasumba, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman and Angela Bassett.