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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Review

The warrior we all know from the Marvel franchise, T’Challa, was played by Chadwick Boseman. Sadly, Boseman passed away in 2020. But despite this tragedy, the Marvel universe is still strong and the continuation with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is fierce and faithful in the foundation that was created before his passing.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has an array of characters and dynamics. This is a Marvel film with spot on writing, the right setups, and the right characters to continue the legacy of T’Challa. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is one of the Marvel films that tops the charts of awesome superhero movies this year.

In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever the chaos has risen rapidly after King T’Challa’s death. An army comes from miles out at sea and it’s up to some brave women to protect the world of Wakanda. These tough ladies include Ramonda (played by Angela Bassett), Shuri (played by Letitia Wright), Nakia (played by Lupita Nyong’o), and Okoye (played by Danai Gurira). These women have the power to take over Wakanda and protect its people, but the problems around them may be more powerful than they anticipate.

As I watched Black Panther: Wakanda Forever I could see that they wanted to take a different direction after Chadwick Boseman’s death, but the film also has a nod of appreciation for what Boseman gave the franchise. They have created a universe more meaningful and vibrant, and they are seeking the right path of victory. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever takes the Marvel franchise to a whole different level, and it shows that the franchise can continue to rise despite the death of Boseman.

My one minor issue with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was I felt that it was a little too much like Avatar (2009) which, ironically, has the next film in the franchise, Avatar: The Way of Water, opening next month. This reason it resembled Avatar was because the warriors are blue, like Avatar, and many of the warriors are underwater in an Atlantis-like setting. So I found myself wondering whether the film was trying to feel like Avatar? But this similarity didn’t detract greatly from my enjoyment of the film and, otherwise, the film is top-notch.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is grand in its direction. The scenery is vast and brilliant, the action is fun, and the development of its continuity after Black Panther from 2019 is right on target. Three and a half stars for Black Panther: Wakanda.

Eternals Review

Eternals was a film that I had high expectations for. Sadly though, the film was not up to my expectations. It is, in fact, a major mess, though it fell just short of being terrible. The worst part—the film is almost three hour long.

In Eternals superheroes from the shadows of centuries unite in a race to fight the evil Deviants. There is a long list of superheroes in the film, including: Ikaris, played by Richard Madden; Thena (Angelina Jolie); Ajak, (Salma Hayek); Sersi, (Gemma Chan); Kingo, (Kumail Nanjiani); Sprite (Lia McHugh); Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry); Druig (Barry Keoghan); and Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), who is the first deaf Marvel superhero.

The technology in Eternals is great, not surprising for a Marvel superhero movie, but its premises are obscure and the plot was pure boredom. The main importance of Eternals is that it links to the next Marvel film, and it also had hidden gems and hints for other Marvel films down the line.

Regardless of how good or bad some may view Eternals, fans around the world will likely flock to it. Some will love it, some will hate it, and some will of course feel so-so about it. I will admit that the film had its moments. And I wouldn’t say that I totally disliked it. I just think, again, that my expectations may have been set too high. Not all superhero films are going to be amazing. I give Eternals just two stars.