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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever early reviews call it dark & emotional, “best credits scene” in MCU by far, critics praise Namor in social media reaction & more

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever early reviews call it dark & emotional, “best credits scene” in MCU by far, critics praise Namor in social media reaction & more

With the red carpet premiere concluded, The verdict is in for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and critics are raving over this Marvel sequel as an emotional yet dark follow-up from director Ryan Coogler – with most praises showered at Tenoch Huerta’s Namor. Nonetheless, Shuri (Letitia Wright) in her new sleek Panther Habit steals the show, as many early reactions have cryptically highlighted, here’s what the journalists that were in attendance of the purple carpet premiere had to say about this potential blockbuster — some like critic Germain Lussier has hyped the mid-credits scene as the best by far in Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Black Panther 2 is in for a monstrous opening at the box office upon its release this November. And any Marvel fans in doubt can rest assured of its success by taking a look at the early critic’s reactions on social media. This sequel to 2018’s Black Panther which featured the late Chadwick Boseman honors his character with a tribute. But while addressing the loss of its King, The technologically advanced Kingdom is also forced to face a powerful threat, the underwater world of Talocan (Atlantis reimagined for MCU live-action) led by Namor.

Aside from Huerta, most of the early reactions have applauded Angela Bassett’s performance as Queen Ramonda, some even suggesting it’s worthy of an Oscar nomination. “Cathartic” is a word that several critics have used to describe Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Furthermore, The second installment seems to largely center on war, grief, loss and legacy. But hardcore Black Panther fans better brace for a teary-eyed exit.

Even so, amid all the heartwrenching moments and twists, MCU’s much loved humor is felt in Black Panther 2, in fact, as a critics choice member said, “Dominique Thorne as Ironheart was the perfect comic relief for the film.” so Riri Williams fans can rejoice. All in all, the tribute to Boseman/T’Challa could be the most impactful moving experience for fans.

In terms of drawbacks, journalists like Matt Ramos called it a “step down from the first film” though still appreciated the world-building and Talocan’s debut which could be explored in a separate MCU project. In addition, the runtime, as one reviewer put it, is “maybe 10 minutes too long, but who cares?” so it doesn’t seem to be an issue that could impact viewers’ experience. 

Rihanna‘s “Lift Me Up” single seems to be the cherry on top that made Black Panther: Wakanda Forever an impressive first-time watch for many critics. Another single, Born Again by Rihanna was also part of the film, both songs are played during the credits. 

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases on November 11. 

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