Riri Williams makes her debut in a powerful celebration of Women’s Warriors
It’s safe to say that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever It will be an emotional watch. It was the follow-up to the hugely successful and most acclaimed Marvel movie of all time Five years in the making. At the time, he experienced an unprecedented setback: the lead man, Chadwick Boseman, also known as Prince T’Challa (Black Panther) himself, died of cancer in 2020. Production for the second part has not yet begun.
Losing your star is never easy, especially when he has a role so deeply rooted in the biggest movie franchise ever. But director Ryan Coogler seems to have tapped into this deep sadness to create something soothing, and not just sad. The latest trailer for the movie, released Monday, is a solid preview of how to fill a Boseman-sized hole. Wakanda forever It is a movie centered around the women of Wakanda – the beloved T’Challa family, who takes the reins in his stead.
It’s emotional right from the start, as T’Challa’s iconic mask is performed at a funeral procession. A fresco of his face now stands tall in Wakanda; The nation wears white as a sign of its grief.
But soon he’s back in action with Queen Mother Ramunda (Angela Bassett, a real queen) and her daughter Shuri (Leetitia Wright) and Okoye (Danny Gurira). With T’Challa’s death comes an opportunity for the evil Namor, the leader of the underwater civilization Talocan, to strike. “Only the most broken people can be great leaders,” he says in the voiceover. And while he speaks for himself, it is clear to us that the same applies to the rest of the royal family of Wakanda.
The Wakandans set out to fight the invading Talocan in order to preserve their utopian kingdom. “We know you’re whispering, they’ve lost their protector,” Ramunda says. But she quickly reminds her people: “It’s time to strike now. Show them who we are.”
Cut out plenty of hand-to-hand combat, car chases, high-tech weapons, and even two new heroes: Shurey in a black panther suit and Ironheart, aka Riri Williams (Dominic Thorne), who comic book fans know as the female successor to Iron Man. This will be her first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
no matter where Wakanda forever After leaving the franchise, she clearly has strong personalities at her head – a group of incredibly inspiring female warriors. While this cannot take away the pain of losing Busman, it does remind us that there is still hope for the future.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Opens in theaters November 11th.