With Black Panther Wakanda Forever bringing a wealth of talent to bear on the MCU, will Ryan Coogler deliver another hit for Marvel Studios?
Five years ago Black Panther made his exciting debut in Captain America: Civil War. In just one movie, he was perfectly integrated into the story and two years later he would get his own standalone film.
Black Panther made history and was the first comic book movie to be nominated for Best Picture. And the first movie with a primarily black cast to make over a billion dollars. The film permeated our society with so many people. Even to this day, embracing the Wakandans’ epic greeting, the crossed arms, and the saying, “Wakanda forever.”
Then, tragically, the man behind the mask and a role model for so many, Chadwick Boseman, passed away. It was a devastating blow that no one saw coming. Ryan Coogler had to go to the drawing board and tweak his story, a story without Chadwick Boseman’s presence. But nearly a year later here we are and now the highly-anticipated sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is beginning to film.
Kevin Feige had this to say about it while on the red carpet for the Black Widow premiere: “It’s clearly very emotional without Chad, but everyone is very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back … We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”
And if the rumors are anything to go by, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has every chance to be one of the greatest superhero sequels of all time.
It was recently revealed that Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico) is playing Atlantean prince, Namor in the movie. This perfectly plays into the Atlantis reference in Avengers Endgame when Okoye mentions earthquakes beneath the ocean to Natasha Romanoff during the Avenger debriefing.
To take these two incredibly advanced technological societies, Wakanda and Atlantis; and to bring them to the forefront in a movie is a really smart thing to do. In the comics, the Wakandans and Atlanteans were always enemies. So to take that storyline and translate it on the big screen is begging for an eye-popping spectacle.
Plus, the cinematographer for Loki, Autumn Durald, has been signed on to incorporate her brilliant talent for the Black Panther sequel. This is perfect considering how visually stunning Loki is every week.
The pieces are in place for this to be a great sequel. Let’s see if Ryan Coogler can deliver on the hype.
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Hello everyone. My name is Annlyel James. I’m a young woman who loves movies of all genres (specifically ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel movies.) I am also a Senior Correspondent for The Future of the Force.