‘Wakanda Forever’ is cultural must-see


Anjel-Ali Ormond, Executive Editor

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is a movie that every person should go watch, especially if you are a young black student. While the movie has all the appeal of a classic Marvel action film, it is unique in how it features a majority-black cast and gives a sense of pride in your own skin.

In it’s opening weekend, the Black Panther sequel made an estimated $180 million and was the “second highest movie opener” of 2022, according to CNBC (the first being Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness). Theaters all across the country were filled with people of all ages. In my theater, I saw the youngest of children all the way to senior adults watching the movie. Plenty of people were dressed in Black Panther outfits and traditional African attire.

Virginia State University even held a raffle for an opening night showing of the film. The university bought out the entire 7:50 p.m. viewing and gave tickets to students, free of charge. Students that attended said the theater was packed, and that they enjoyed their experience.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s” majority-black cast is led by black director Ryan Coogler, who also directed the first “Black Panther” (2018), “Creed” (2015), and “Fruitvale Station” (2013). When the first “Black Panther” came out, it was a unique and interesting film that left an impact like no other.

With the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther’s” T’Challa, from colon cancer in 2020, many felt sadness. Boseman had brought a remarkable feel to T’Challa’s character, and serves as a role model for many. Boseman also delivered stellar performances in many other hit movies, like “Marshall” (2017), “Get On Up” (2014), and “21 Bridges” (2019). In “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the movie doesn’t gloss over Boseman’s passing, but treats it with care. The entire movie has an element of grief towards Boseman’s passing and the loss of T’Challa. It evokes emotion in the audience, and inspires events throughout the film.

“Wakanada Forever” is a film that all should go see, especially Black audiences. It treats African culture with pride and inspires comfortability in our own skin. Whether you are young or old, this film is something that any audience can learn from.