Black Panther lives on in ‘Wakanda Forever’


Vee Chen '25

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was released on November 11.

Iris Jaboneta '23, Staff Reporter

“Black Panther” (2018) came out when I was in seventh grade. I remember waiting in the long lines for the ticket booths and the aroma of excitement and curiosity for the first black leading character in a Marvel movie. 

Following Chadwick Boseman’s sad and untimely death I was at a loss for how “Wakanda Forever” would be. How could they make another “Black Panther” installment without the Black Panther himself? These questions flowed through my brain as I sat in the square shaped auditorium at Regal Stonestown. 

To be fully honest, I found the movie very monotone and the action scenes were subpar. However, I very much enjoyed the Latin representation and the female empowernet. Nonetheless, the duration of the latest Marvel release fell pretty short. Not that the plot was bad or the acting was bad- because neither were. I feel that it would have been a better decision to not follow through with the second film.

The film acknowledges Boseman’s absence and Wakanda mourns for the fallen Black Panther. The plot follows the women who were all close to T’Challa, including his mother, sister, and former girlfriend as they grieve his loss. As these women band together, the nation faces threats due to T’Challa enlightening the whole world about Wakanda’s true power.

“There was a lot of female empowerment in the movie and even Hispanic representation which is rare,” said Gina Zevallos ‘23, a huge Marvel enthusiast.

Gina continued on about the impact this latest installment has on the Marvel audience and to especially the newer generation of Marvel fans that Black Panther itself instilled. 

My friend and fellow Marvel enjoyer saw Black Panther together and shared the same opinion. Mario Gutierrez 23’ went on to say, “I do not think it did justice to his [Boseman] legacy in the MCU and in the world.”

I would say this is a great addition to the Marvel collection, I enjoyed the movie very much and would recommend it for a family movie night. However, I do not think it was necessary to make.