“We are more alike than you think”: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Release Date: February 16, 2017
Writer: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Director: Ryan Coogler
Stars: Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Martin Freeman, Dominique Thorne, Florence Kasumba, Michaela Coel, Alex Livinalli, Mabel Cadena
Genre: Comics, Science Fiction, Superheroes

My Thoughts

We’ve seen grief in the MCU before. WandaVision spent nearly 9 hours mourning a character who wasn’t all that interesting in the first place and trying to make the audience feel bad for a woman who basically enslaved an entire town. (It was fun, but far from my favorite MCU TV installment.) But this movie doesn’t try to pick grief apart or rationalize it. It lets the characters feel it, live it, breathe it, sink into it, and finally drag themselves out of it. It permeates every act from every character. It is why Namor chooses war over conversation, why Shuri chooses revenge over compromise, why Nakia chooses to build a new life with her son in Haiti instead going home to Wakanda, why Queen Ramonda chooses her daughter over her people, even why M’Baku puts himself forward as an older brother figure to the princess instead of an adversary.

For the rest of my review, head over to Tor.com.

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