The Final Movie of MCU’s Phase 4
Article by Brandon the Hero Guy
R.I.P Chadwick Boseman
Black Panther Wakanda Forever is the final movie of phase 4, concluding this line up of The MCU this feature is written and directed by Ryan Coogler. It stars Leticia Wright, Angela Basset, Danai Guerra, Lupita Nyongo, Winston Duke, Tunoch Huerta, Alex Livinalli, Mabel Cabena, Martin Freeman, Florence Kasumba, Michaela Cole and Dominique Thorne.
This movie takes place after the events of Endgame. The Wakandan nation, notably the Panther Clan, is mourning the loss of their King. T’Challa passes away from an unknown illness. Now that Wakanda has been revealed to the world other foreign nations mount their assaults on the kingdom, all seeking the Wakandans main resources (Vibranium).
Another civilization known as Talokan are a deep-sea kingdom lead by Namor (Tunec Huerta). Talokan declares war on the surface, world mainly Wakanda due to them harboring a young technical scientist Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne). Riri plays a huge role that sparks war between these two titanic nations. The story starts off with some very emotionally driven aspects and is slowly paced due to the film’s runtime. The audience gets all the information they.
Visually it’s beautifully done. The VFX team put so much effort into the visuals for Wakanda to add for the story. Right off the bat the 1st act gets incredibly intense, and it shows the Wakandans still being a strong political power. Which is something I really liked about this movie.
The acting and characters were all on point. The Queen, Romanda, played by Angela Basset stole the show with her scenes. She showed so much raw emotion, the anger and sadness after losing so much. She still displayed her authority as a Queen and Matriach for her nation. Basset definitely deserves an Oscar for her performance.
Also, Shuri (Leticia Wright) really caught me off guard her acting was so good and the character herself really matured and throughout this movie. She was forced to so especially after having so many painful burdens on her shoulders. It was incredibly relatable and it made me emotional at some points. I also loved the relationships with her and Nakia (Lupita Nyongo) and Riri Williams. Their moments were incredibly hilarious.
When it came down to serious matters the trio displayed an unbreakable will to protect Wakanda. Shuri even had some dark and gritty moments herself especially when it came to the war aspects. She was incredibly vengeful, not to mention ruthless in some scenes she straight-up scared me.
Namor, portrayed by Tunoch Huerta, was such a great villain. He was right on point from the comics. I liked the backstory of him and his kingdom Talokan mixing it with Mesoamerican mythological aspects.
They also borrowed a lot of references from the comics which still connects to Namor’s Atlantean background. Also, without any spoilers he says a line in the movie that had me geeking out in my chair.
I liked that the rivalry he had with Shuri was vicious, and intense. The sequences between those two definitely were inspired from The Tale of Two Kings storyline.
The Talokonians were terrifying and I really liked their Mayan design it had very Apocolypto vibe, especially with their Mayan garments. They were entirely different from their comic counterparts and DC’s Atlanteans.
The sequences with them felt like a horror movie The action sequences were incredibly well done especially with The Dora Milaje. Okoye (Danai Guerra) stole the show with her action sequences especially against the Talokonians.
Her action scenes reminded me a lot about Rorschach and Night Owls fight sequences from Watchmen and that’s a really good thing! Also, her mini rivalry with Attuma (Alex Livinalli) was definitely one of my favorite moments from the movie. And I honestly can’t wait for her standalone series.
M’baku had some good and hilarious scenes as well but he doesn’t have that much screen time. Mostly a small supporting role.
The 3rd act was probably the most shocking war sequences in this movie you really get to see Wakanda go head on against Talokan and both sides having massive casualties. I won’t give anything away but you will be caught off-guard by certain scenes.
This movie gives a very powerful heartfelt tribute to Chadwick Boseman and it will have you choked-up. You can tell this cast went through so much, but still gave it their all. Their performances deserve every bit of praise, especially after everything they endured while making this movie especially Leticia Wright.
And I still support the Recast T’Challa movement because that character has been with Marvel Comics for over 60 years, and to kill him off completely out of The MCU is a complete disservice to one of the 1st Black comic book heroes. A character that many youths of color can look up to.
Black Panther Wakanda Forever has its flaws but it’s still an empowering and inspirational movie to be seen on screen and leaves an incredibly important message too!
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