Disney and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever doesn’t officially hit theaters until November 11, 2022 (with showings in some cities beginning November 10) but on Wednesday, October 26, the star studded world premiere occurred in Hollywood California.
The official review embargo for Wakanda Forever lifts on November 8, but the social media embargo for early reactions was lifted after the premiere.
Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) to forge a new path for their beloved kingdom.
Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, Wakanda Forever is a sequel to the filmmaker’s 2018 movie Black Panther and is the 30th feature film entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The hotly anticipated sequel ran into some problems which delayed filming. In addition to the global covid-19 pandemic, in August 2020, the world lost Chadwick Boseman, the fantastic talent who brought T’Challa to life on the big screen. Unbeknownst to Coogler and Marvel chief Kevin Feige, not to mention his millions of fans, Boseman had been quietly battling colon cancer.
Just when filming seemed to be getting back on track, Letitia Wright was injured in late August 2021 during the filming of a stunt sequence on set in Boston, which ended up suspending filming for almost 5 months as they waited for her injured shoulder to heal.
In addition to the already existing cast, Wakanda Forever will also feature the MCU debut of newcomers, Tenoch Huerta, as Namor and Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart.
Here’s a quick rundown of early reactions posted on Twitter:
Once again, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit theaters on November 11 (with showings in some cities beginning November 10) with a two hours and 41 minutes runtime. The sequel will be the second-longest title in the history of the MCU behind Avengers: Endgame which had a running time of 3 hours and 2 minutes. Watch the trailer below:
Will you be seeing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opening weekend?