Dwayne Johnson Admits Marvel Kicked His A** With Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Says He is Happy Despite Black Adam’s “Failure” at Box Office

Dwayne Johnson Admits Marvel Kicked His Ass With Black Panther Wakanda Forever
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With the success of Marvel Studio’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it is no secret that it has officially dethroned Warner Bros.’ Black Adam as the top-grossing film at the current box office. Both movies have recently been released, only weeks apart, but it’s clear that MCU is at the lead.

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Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam

Black Panther 2 hit theaters this weekend, and the highly-anticipated movie grossed over $180 million on its premiere, while Black Adam opened at $67 million last October. At this rate, the numbers are expected to double as Wakanda Forever reaches its second week.

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Black Adam’s Dwayne Johnson Admits Movie’s Defeat Against Black Panther 2

Dwayne Johnson’s passion project took him years to bring to life. Despite the long preparation, it earned mixed reviews from critics and fans but was generally favorable to the audience. The movie boasts stunning visual effects and an introduction to the new era of the DC universe. It also featured Henry Cavill’s Superman at the movie’s post-credits.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever picks up on the events following King T’Challa’s death and the introduction of a new Black Panther. The action-packed and emotionally-charged sequel movie is dedicated to the late Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in 2020.

Johnson has been asked numerous times about the rivalry happening between Marvel and DC which he courteously addressed. Now, the actor graciously admitted that Black Panther 2 has beaten Black Adam. He took to Instagram to his sentiments regarding the defeat of his movie while offering congratulations to Marvel.

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Screen captured from Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram page

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Fans Believe Black Adam Failed At The Box Office

Meanwhile, the audience also took notice of Black Adam’s seemingly low performance at the box office. With its current 40% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it is evident that the movie has become a failure. Check out these tweets:



While many viewers have criticized superhero movies and their seeming decline in popularity, the current box office proves it wrong. In fact, both Black Adam and Black Panther 2 premiered strong and continue to rake in the bucks.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in Black Adam

It’s no wonder why Dwayne Johnson is one of the most well-liked Hollywood celebrities. It takes a lot of courage to admit defeat, and he did it with grace. His professionalism and work ethics show how much he respects both studios and the fans. He continues to promote Black Adam and is very enthusiastic about the future of the DC universe.


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now showing in theaters worldwide.

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Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.