Hey 3.5 readers.
Your old pal, BQB here.
The new trailer for Black Panda: Wakanda Forever is here.
As you know, Chadwick Boseman died way too young and right at the moment when his success in the first BP movie meant sequels and other roles were a lock, propelling him into super-duper stardom.
But he’s still a super-duper star in the hearts of us fans and it looks like Marvel/Disney has found a way to honor him while carrying on. It looks like the women of Wakanda, BP’s mother, girlfriend, sister and bodyguard govern the kingdom in the wake of T’Challa’s death.
We do see those famous claws unleashed at the end of the film, so who dons the Black Panther mask? Theories: one of the women, perhaps his sister who, wouldn’t she be next in line for the throne? Then again it appears there is a birth so maybe flash forward to the future where that child becomes an adult and takes over.
I always gave props to the original because despite being a comic book movie, it tackled serious issues and unlike most comic book movies, the stakes were pretty high. Most other comic flicks, characters are blown up only for someone to invent a magic device that puts them back together or something, but in this franchise, there were actual consequences to bad actions.
This comes at a time when Marvel needs it. The Eternals? Stink-a-roo. Dr. Strange and the Multiverse? OK, but it was the first Marvel movie I waited till it was on streaming and I’m not rushing out to see Thor: Love and Thunder either. I’d see this in the theater though.
They have a lot of pressure here to do a sequel without Chadwick. I am sure it was difficult.
Yeah and they seem committed to not reboot or restart but rather just keep the universe expanding, so as actors either get old, retire, or sadly pass on they’ll just bring the character back in a different way via the multiverse or some other way. Even the X Men movies made by Fox are considered part of the story and just set in a different universe where there weren’t any Avengers.