In ‘Black Panther,’ women lead Wakanda through upheaval
Wakanda is in disarray at the opening of the sequel to 2018’s landmark Marvel film Black Panther.
The beloved King T’Challa dies at the beginning of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, a change made to the script after actor Chadwick Boseman died of cancer in 2020, just before filming was to begin on the sequel.
The Marvel Studios division of Walt Disney Co. decided not to cast another actor in the role of T’Challa. Instead, writer and director Ryan Coogler produced a new picture with a focus on female protagonists.
“T’Challa surrounded himself with powerful women,” actress Letitia Wright stated in an interview prior to the film’s global release on November 9. Together, the ladies in this video ascend to a higher level of leadership.
Black Panther was the first superhero film with a largely African-American cast. The film grossed $1,3 billion worldwide and was the only superhero film ever nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.
Box office analysts anticipate that Wakanda Forever will attract audiences to theaters.
The sequel will benefit from “huge fan expectation, early strong screening reactions, and the goodwill and emotion inspired by the first picture,” according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.
The film could surpass the existing record for a November opening, which is now held by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), according to Dergarabedian. This film debuted with ticket sales of $158.1 million in the United States and Canada.
Wright portrays Shuri, the sister of T’Challa and a bright scientist who “would rather stay in her lab and bury her grief in technology,” according to the actor. Shuri takes action due to pressure from Queen Ramona (Angela Bassett) and the appearance of an external danger.
The warrior Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the superspy Nakia (Lupita N’yongo) assist in guiding Wakanda through its grieving and turmoil.
In Wakanda, “men and women have equal rights.” N’yongo remarked, “They wield authority in an almost effortless manner.”
“I think it is a fantastic example for us in the world we live in, that women in leadership positions should not be noteworthy. They are quite competent,” she remarked.
The film introduces Talokan, an underwater culture descended from an old Mayan settlement.
Tenoch Huerta, a Mexican actor, portrays Namor, the wing-footed leader of Talokan.
Marvel collaborated with Mesoamerican culture experts to construct the world’s costumes and legends. For the job, Huerta learned to speak Mayan.
Long ago, we were taught to be embarrassed of our roots, who we are, and our indigenous history, Huerta stated. Finally, we are accepting this.