Black Panther 2 was notably the biggest Marvel launch of the year, and as such, was universally and unilaterally loved. With an incredible story, perfect casting, and a groundbreaking antihero entry, this MCU movie did what the rest of the Phase 4 filler projects failed to do – raise the bar even higher for the Marvel fandom’s expectations. The sequel film definitely does justice to Chadwick Boseman and his immortalized legacy, and in its somber humility, soars into stratospheric success, demolishing box-office records on its accelerating way to the very top.
MCU’s Black Panther 2 Sets a New Record at the Box-Office
Marvel’s Phase Four closer, Black Panther 2 has remade MCU into a deified franchise once again after its lackluster performance throughout 2021-22. Now, rightfully, the movie which can only be described as a blend of wholesome nostalgia has made its way to the very top with a worldwide earning of $330 million in its opening weekend. It now stands behind Top Gun: Maverick as the best opening of 2022 and the 4th best opening for a solo MCU superhero film.
The success of Black Panther 2 has ignited a fiery debate over the clashing re-emergence of the two CBM franchises — Marvel with its latest entry and DC with Black Adam. Both these films helped save the flailing studios with their super-powered launch. But while Black Adam falls behind with its predictable and stoic plot, struggling to cross the finish line in its fourth weekend with a meager earning of $8.6 million, Black Panther 2 on the other hand, already shows a durable promise with its poignant plot that has as much substance as qualitative attributes that make a perfect superhero movie.
Black Panther 2 Redefines Marvel Franchise’s Success
While it is definitely not surprising to learn about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s new record-breaking success, the disgruntling pause in filming in 2021, and the wave of controversies plaguing the fateful film did put Black Panther’s MCU future to the test. Ryan Coogler, Kevin Feige, and Nate Moore — the holy triad of director, President, and producer had declared at the very beginning of filming that the sequel to the 2018 Black Panther solo entry would be framed as a tribute to honor the late actor, Chadwick Boseman, after his unforeseen and premature death in August of 2020.
Having made that clear, the triad proceeded with crafting a story that uniquely blended the politics of the film, brought to the forefront a new Mesoamerican nation, and clashed with the duality of the tragedy on screen and off, all while forwarding the narrative of Black Panther, Ironheart, and Namor in mainstream MCU. Ryan Coogler’s brilliant mind delivered a poignant end product that was perfectly balanced in all its elements — healing the audience while also leaving an imprint of so much more to come.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now playing in theatres globally.