Wakanda Forever

Music video by Tems, Marvel performing No Woman No Cry (From “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Prologue”). © 2022 Marvel Music, Inc.

Sunshine! Let me tell you right here and right now that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was EVERYTHING! I give this movie 2 snaps and a twirl. Now, I’m not going to lie. I’m a huge fan of the 1st Black Panther movie and I absolutely adore (present tense) Chadwick Boseman. His death hit me super hard. May his soul rest in peace. I don’t know if people can look down and see what happens here on earth. I really believe that if he could, he would be proud and satisfied with the movie.

The women, Black Women, showed up all througout this movie. From the queen Ramonda, to the princess Shuri, to the general Okoye, and the ultimate fave, Nakia.

Image Credit: Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.

The movie begins with the death and funeral of T’Challa. Whew Baby! It ain’t easy. I struggled. In the words of the great philosopher Christopher Wallace, “I’m a thug, but I swear for three days I cried”. It was tough dealing with the death of T’Challa. It high key felt like we lost Chadwick Boseman all over again. From there things did not get better. In fact, they got worse.

Image Credit: Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.

In an effort to help her daughter find peace and comfort, Ramonda, the queen takes her daughter away. They bonding over a nice little fire, trying to have quality time, family time, and here comes this Namor. I’m not even sure how to describe him….maybe a merman with wings on his ankles. He shows up out of nowhere from the water making demands for them to find the girl who built a vibranium detecting machine. At 1st they wanted to dismiss him, but they realized that he also has access to vibranium. Shook, Ramonda and Shuri don’t know what to do, but they set a plan in motion to find the girl.

Image Credit: Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.

Is there a mission without Okoye?! Survey says, Hell Nah Craig! I am here for her ALL the time. She hears about the girl and figures it’s light work. She’s been on plenty of missions before. This one shouldn’t be any different. Against the advice and warning of the queen she enlist the help of Shuri. Okoye feels it would be good for her and may assist with the grieving process. Shuri feels it will be good for Okoye because she doesn’t always blend in and the girl might easily comply with a friendlier face. Well, not only is the girl resistant but they find themselves surrounded and need a way to escape from law enforcement. All seems to be going well till it isn’t. Out of nowhere here comes more people from the sea. It’s clear they are from the same place Namor is from. They want the girl for themselves and are trying to kill her. Before anything final is done, Okoye is defeated and Shuri willingly surrenders herself and the girl in an effort to try and negotiate a peaceful resolution.

Image Credit: Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 MARVEL.

Peace is all good and well. However, no mother will have peace when her husband is dead, son just died, and daughter is missing. She reaches out to Nakia to bring Shuri home safely. If there is anyone who can rescue Shuri and the girl, it’s her. I wont’ say how Nakia does, but I will say there are some major consequences due specifically to her actions.

Simply put, Sunshine, it goes from 0 to 100, REAL QUICK. Things go from bad to worst and you’ll find yourself sitting there deep, Deep, DEEP in your feelings. I won’t spoil the ending. Go watch and find out what happens. I will say this though, there isn’t an end of credit scene. Once the credits are done, that’s it. I sat there waiting and there was nothing. I wish I could say more, but I’ve said enough.

Music video by Rihanna performing Lift Me Up. © 2022 Westbury Road Entertainment LLC, distributed by Roc Nation Records, Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. and Hollywood Records, Inc.

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