Black Panther Wakanda Forever Review: The Best Phase 4 Movie

Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Black Panther Wakanda Forever Plot

Black Panther Wakanda Forever: Princess Shuri and Wakanda suffer the loss of King Tchalla, leaving them without a king and protector. Foreign forces know this, and are looking for vibranium outside of Wakanda. This gets the attention of Namor the Submariner. Shuri is forced to choose between peace within herself while at war with the world above and below.

Characters/ Roast

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) was the best actress in this movie; she put on a brave face in front of the nation’s while simultaneously ruling Wakanda and hid the sadness of losing her family. She literally had French mercenaries that were looking to steal resources kneel before her. Ramonda was overly selfless in this film, which is usually the last time we see a character in a movie. Tune in for the spoilers below.

Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) went from being T’Challa’s little sister who told jokes to being the Black Panther. Shuri sometimes still feels like a side character, but she progresses as a character more than a leading role. Shuri does not care much for spirituality or ancient practices. She takes a scientific approach, which is cool. Her being able to grow a GMO heart-shaped herb was eye-opening when she put on the suit and you see how small she is, you know she needs the power of the Black Panther.

IronHeart Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) is a genius who built an invention at the age of three (yeah right) and the fact that she was able to make a machine that can find vibranium means that the outside world has some or Riri is just that smart. The actress looked a little older than 19, but she served her purpose in this movie. The suit design was a little bulky, but at least she didn’t get it from Stark. Even though earlier in the movie a cop referenced her prototype suit to an Iron Man suit.

Okoye (Danai Gurira) is still the spear-spinning baddie we’re used to. The fact that she’s the only woman who could fight at Attuma’s level was a nice feat. She got a suit for the final fight in the movie that looks like a cross between Predator and Power Rangers. Overall, she was okay.

Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) is an espionage agent who can move undetected in foreign lands and speak multiple languages. The Queen summoned her to find Shuri. Once she found her and Riri, she used deadly force on the Talokans. (They stunned the mercenaries, but she unlived the underwater people) Since she helped start the war, she stayed behind and fought in it. Nakia is more important to Wakanda than the movie let on until the end.

Mbaku (Winston Duke) the ape man of the mountain is still up to his same tricks. After an argument with Okoye, he called her a “bald-headed demon” which seemed like a line from a gender-warring YouTube video. His character slightly progressed and he became a consultant to Shuri after a particular event happened.

Namor (Tenoch Huerta) the winged serpent god, is a cool addition to this movie. Seeing him fly around and tear up planes with a spear was slightly cool. He’s not a villain in this film because all he’s trying to do is keep his people and their technology safe from the surface world (letting Wakanda take the blame).His origin story being different from the comic was interesting to stand out from DC going underwater to his kingdom wasn’t as spectacular as it could have been. (Best underwater civilization goes to Aquaman.)

Black Panther Wakanda Spoilers

Queen Ramonda dies in this movie at the hand of Namor, Shuri letting the man live only because she knows if she didn’t her people would have eternal war only makes me wonder why T’Challa didn’t do that to Zemo.

Namor’s fight with Shuri ends up with him stabbing her through the stomach only for her to walk it off and have the suit magically heal itself. (If that’s the case, why didn’t Killmonger do that?)

When Shuri went into the astral plane, her being a skeptic of the spiritual world led her to appear before Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). He brought up an interesting point about them not being so different. They both have gold in their suits, both wanted the world to burn, and both got impaled.

Nakia introduces T’Challa Jr. in the end credits and he couldn’t have been any older than 7, so he would have existed during the Snap. I don’t know why she would hide out with him in Haiti, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. Hopefully we get a time skip and he grows up to become a better panther.

Black Panther Wakanda Forever Thoughts

Black Panther Wakanda Forever

The Chadwick Boseman homage was a nice touch, but I’m not under the illusion that they cared about this man so much that his character in this movie died of an unmentioned sickness and that was it. There have been plenty of times when they used CGI for actors, so I’m calling it a Disney can’t handle a strong black man syndrome. We all now, in our heart of hearts, that the French mercenaries would not have bowed to any of the kings of Wakanda.

The Talokans having siren songs that lure people to walk into the murky deeps was a cool thing to make you think about mermaids and such

The female equivalent of Black Panther didn’t happen; the audience I was with didn’t clap or cheer once. It’s too bad the portrayal black men and women at the same time cant be positive. This movie follows suit with the propaganda machine by placing black women and children first in the community. Hence, Nakia is sitting with Tchalla Jr. The audience is meant to feel relief that he may or may not come back in a capacity.

The fight scenes in this movie are very forgettable. Namor was basically tearing planes up with the tiny chicken wings on his heels. The Shuri and Namor fight was “eh” in this movie. It was better than Black Panther Tchalla vs. Golden Jaguar but that’s not saying much. Shuri and Namor calling a truce at the end was lame because the loss of her mom and the casualties from both sides seemed like a waste of film. The film had a blink-and-you-miss-it LGBTQ+ scene at the end.

Disney Marvel did all the check marks in this movie. It mentions colonizers, shows some slavery, and offs the slave masters. The black and brown unity is present in this movie. The ship scene with them fighting on a boat was a bad idea in my opinion knowing black people can’t swim and had the Wakandans become shark food.

Black Panther Wakanda Forever, this movie isn’t anything special, I didn’t leave the theater and feel inspired or excited to see the upcoming MCU title. The multiverse exists, so either Killmonger or T’Challa sr (whoever the actor will be) needs to show up in the third movie.

Movie is a 5 out of 10

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