Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever finally hit theatres this Friday. Black Panther 2, the last film of MCU’s phase 4, was one of the highly anticipated movies of 2022. Following its release, the MCU is all set to enter phase 5 with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The first Black Panther film had set the bar high for its sequel, and it became even harder to live up to it without the presence of its lead star. However, director Ryan Coogler, the production team, and the cast of the film gave their best to make it possible.
Most of the MCU projects from phase 4 failed to impress Marvel fans. Since the trailer release of Wakanda Forever, fans have been expecting to see something that is worth being under the MCU. Expectations from Black Panther 2 were even higher based on the performance of the 2018 Black Panther.
Spoiler Alert: The rest of the article contains SPOILERS.
Fans Are Unable to Connect With Black Panther 2 Story
Following the untimely death of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel revealed that it would continue working on Black Panther 2. The studio decided to make it as a tribute to the late MCU star.
With this announcement fans were curious about who would continue as Black Panther in the MCU and if they would ever see T’Challa, aka Black Panther again. However, with Black Panther 2, the studio introduced Shuri as the new Black Panther, and M’Baku possibly as the new king as he claimed the throne of Wakanda.
Following the release of the film, fans are sharing their reaction, and so far, the film has received mixed reactions. While some loved Letitia Wright’s Shuri as the new Black Panther, others were not much impressed with her.
Not just Shuri, fans have also pointed out some things that they feel are unnecessary in the storyline. The movie tries to set up future characters of the MCU, which makes it quite lengthy.
Fans shared that only the first and last sequences seem “raw and heartfelt, but everything in between is absolute incomprehensible garbage.” The post-credit scene does set up a future for the superhero, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions.
What Would be the Future of Black Panther in the MCU?
Black Panther 2 ends with a truce between Wakanda and Talocan. Both nations come to an agreement that they would not interfere with each other’s affairs and would be supportive of each other when required.
Shuri takes up the mantle of the savior of Wakanda. However, she does not show up at the Ritual Combat. Instead, M’Baku shows up at the Ritual Combat to claim the throne of Wakanda, and Shuri visits Nakia in Haiti.
The studio has not confirmed anything regarding Shuri’s presence in future projects under the MCU. However, fans expect her to return in the upcoming Avengers movies.
Black Panther 2 also portrays Shuri’s impact on Riri Williams. It could lead to a slight possibility that the princess of Wakanda would have a special appearance in the upcoming Disney+ series, Ironheart, which will follow Riri William’s story.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is playing in theatres now.