Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Though it finds an objectively difficult catch-22 paradox in how to canonically deal with the tragic shock death of Chadwick Boseman on-screen, BPWF makes ~every wrong decision: classic-Marvel unoriginality in Aquaman-copy [yet nicely-cast/acted by Tenoch Huerta] Namor, awful choice to make the (ironic by her character’s IQ vs. actress’ antivax-idiocy) Letitia Wright Shuri the new Black Panther instead of recasting T’Challa, 30+ min overlength, Iron Man reboot < retirement post-RDJ of the diminishing returns ugly suit Riri Williams Ironheart, actual (beautiful) cinematography in grounded aesthetics paving way to a lazy formula Act III of CGI overdependence, & comprehensive lack of *any* impact or sign of everything that made the 2018 original special – indicative of the major decline of the always-middling franchise-overload MCU. 5.6/10.

Plot Synopsis: Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye 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 and Everett Ross to forge a new path for their beloved kingdom.

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