Marvel’s Newest Film


Kerianne O'Gara, Editor

Marvel Studio’s newest film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has already brought $180 million with its opening, which is the second best of the year so far. The biggest opener remains Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness with $187 million.

The film had an overall weekend box office of $208 million, the fourth biggest of the year and significantly higher than every other weekend in the past four months. The movie has also scored much better ratings than the previous two Marvel movies that have come out earlier this year, which rank among the worst for the MCU. With Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness coming in at 74% and Thor: Love and Thunder coming in at 64% on Rotten Tomatoes, Black Panther has surpassed them with 84%, much closer to what the franchise normally reaches. However, it is still far from the first Black Panther film’s rating of 96 percent and $202 million opening in February 2018.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the sequel to the first Black Panther movie, which introduced a new hero to the Marvel franchise. In the first film, the protagonist T’Challa returns home to the fictional nation of Wakanda to take his place as king after his father’s death. Due to the death of Black Panther’s actor Chadwick Boseman, it was originally unclear how his story would continue. The second installment follows T’Challa’s sister Shuri fighting to protect Wakanda from other nations while forging a new chapter for the kingdom. Several characters from the first film reappeared in this one including Queen Romanda, Okoye, Nakia, and M’Baku, as well as a handful of new characters. 

While Black Panther: Wakanda Forever didn’t come close to reaching the same hype the first one did, it was an enjoyable movie with action and unexpected twists, that tugs on your heartstrings and also pays homage to Chadwick Boseman, while continuing the story that he brought to life.