Has Ryan Coogler paved the way for Marvel Studios to be taken seriously in awards season after Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?
Five years ago when Marvel Studios released Black Panther to the world I don’t think anyone knew the impact it would leave. It inspired millions with its powerful storytelling and uplifting depiction of a primarily-Black cast and went on to gross over a billion dollars. And if that wasn’t enough, it became the first superhero film to get nominated for Best Picture and won three major Academy Awards. Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design.
When Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was coming out last year there was skepticism on whether this long-awaited sequel would not only be an excellent film to honor Chadwick Boseman’s legacy but maybe even a great one. As soon as the first trailer dropped there was no doubt the movie was going to be phenomenal. There was only one question left. Would the sequel earn the critical acclaim that its predecessor did? As of writing this, Angela Bassett has earned herself her second Golden Globe win for her performance in Wakanda Forever. There goes the answer to that question.
As someone who deeply appreciates what the Black Panther franchise has done for entertainment and its impact, to see Wakanda Forever receive critical acclaim has been nothing short of fantastic.
THE BASSETT EFFECT
When I watched Bassett’s performance in Wakanda Forever I could feel the layers of depth she was providing. From the waves of grief, she was presenting on full display to the unwavering strength that she emitted in every single scene. As I walked out of that theater I could only hope critics would see the same performance that I saw. For Angela Bassett to be the first actor in a Marvel film to not only be recognized for her acting but to win a major award is astounding and so, so very exciting.
It just goes to show that this franchise is still the zenith of Marvel Studios’ excellence. Ryan Coogler’s powerful screenplay and brilliant storytelling allow these actors to bring an extra layer of complexity to their performances. And with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever garnering such acclaim it also provides hope that other franchises in the MCU could be recognized for their hard work as well.
A CULTURAL PHENOMENON
Future stories with the same level of detail, cultural relevance, or powerful storytelling can also be nominated for major awards. Also, with actors having the potential to win awards for their performances in these stories, it transforms Marvel Studios into more than just a faction of entertainment that can’t be taken that seriously. Instead, Marvel Studios is proving that they have been, are, and will be a staple of acclaimed moviemaking.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther Wakanda Forever will release on Disney Plus on February 1st.
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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.