Select press have finished their screenings of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and their social media reactions are starting to flood the internet.
Orlando Maldonado from Rotten Tomatoes proclaimed the film to be “outstanding,” and “handles loss, grief and revenge with a maturity and seriousness rarely seen in the MCU:”
“Wakanda Forever is outstanding. It handles loss, grief and revenge with a maturity and seriousness rarely seen in the MCU. Black Panther continues to be their crown jewel. Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett and Tenoch Huerta all bring some of the best acting I’ve seen all year.”
Press member Kevin McCarthy made it clear that the film “is a beautifully cathartic tribute to the legacy of Chadwick Boseman:”
“WAKANDA FOREVER is a beautifully cathartic tribute to the legacy of Chadwick Boseman. Reminds us of his monumental impact & that he’s truly still here with is. Great performances from Gurira, Bassett, Wright & Thorne. Huerta was INCREDIBLE. Loved Rihanna’s song & Ludwig’s score.”
Charles Pulliam from Verge praised it for “[centering] grief and the grieving process rather than superheroics”
“Wakanda Forever’s bigger in scope and scale than Black Panther, but its story is also one of Marvel’s most intimate and heartfelt. It’s definitely a Comic Book Movie, but it’s one that centers grief and the grieving process rather than superheroics and spectacle. Full review soon.”
Ryden Scarnato from Heroic Hollywood strongly believes that “there’s never been a CBM like it”
“Black Panther: WakandaForever is a powerful film and a great tribute to Chadwick Boseman. There’s never been a CBM like it. Really strong performances all around too. Namor’s motivations were a little weak and I felt the runtime, but it’s still towards the top of Phase 4 for me.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Brian Davids revealed that the movie “mostly abandons the studio’s trademark tone”
Film Critic Fico Cangiano from CineXpressPR specifically praises Letitia Wright and Tenoch Huerta, while also noting that “the mid-credits scene is really moving
It certainly seems like Wakanda Forever will be just as emotional as expected.
Somehow Ryan Coogler seems to have pulled it off and delivered a fantastic movie—possibly even one of Marvel Studios’ best if these reactions are to be believed.
It sounds like there’s also a shift in tone away from the usual Marvel Studios that’ll make Wakanda Forever a particularly special journey. If there was ever an MCU project that shouldn’t be brought down by an overly comedic tone, this would be the one.
Tenoch Huerta’s Namor seems to have gone over fantastically, with not a negative word on his character’s introduction in sight. The character is a massive part of the Marvel world in the comics, so to hear that he was done justice will undoubtedly please many.
The acting, in general, seems to be a highlight of the project—which isn’t surprising given how personal the film was for nearly everyone involved.
With the level of quality that this movie seems to be, maybe Marvel Studios will start considering Ryan Coogler to direct Avengers: Secret Wars.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters worldwide on November 11.