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The critically acclaimed sequel film, Black panther: Wakanda forevercoming soon to Disney’s streaming service.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will make its debut on Disney Plus on February 1. The move was announced by Disney through their social media platforms, bringing the blockbuster into homes three months after its November 2022 release.
The sequel to Marvel Studios’ 2020 hit finds Queen Ramonda (Bassett), Princess Shuri (Wright), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and M’Baku (Winston Duke) all dealing with the aftermath of the death of Black Panther, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). As they mourn, they face a new threat to the Kingdom of Wakanda—and the rest of the planet—in Namor (Tenoch Huerta Mejia) and the Kingdom of Talokan.
Despite mishaps that included Wright losing time due to injury and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, audiences responded emphatically to the film, which includes a tribute to Boseman, who tragically died of colon cancer in August 2020.
Domestic box office reports showed the film earned $181 million in its opening, placing it only second behind Doctor Strange and The Multiverse of Madness which was released earlier this year. It would go on to be the sixth highest-grossing film released in 2022, with box office receipts listed at $821 million.
The loss of Boseman was a shock to the cast as well as director Ryan Coogler, who admittedly had reservations about making Wakanda forever or even direct as he was close to Boseman. “I didn’t know if I could make another film period, [let alone] another Black panther movie, because it hurt a lot. I was like, ‘Man, how could I open myself up to feeling like that again?'” Coogler said in a interview with GQ.
Wright also spoke about the emotional challenges of making the film and being present for the press afterwards. “I buckle up. I have seen some members of Chad’s team. When we lock eyes, we know what this feels like. We have to take a step away, she said in an interview. She continued: “I see my aunt locking eyes with me, she’s very proud. I have to take a step away… It’s emotional. We’re trying to keep it together.”