It’s been about six weeks Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in theaters, and I’m definitely ready to revisit the fictional African country. Fortunately, none of us have to wait much longer as the Marvel movie premieres on Disney+ on February 1st. So you can feel all the intense emotions of grief, despair, joy, anger and acceptance without curious theatergoers judging you.
According to a press release issued to The root, Wakanda forever, along with 16 other MCU films, will stream in IMAX Enhanced, “giving subscribers more picture with an expanded aspect ratio for an immersive viewing experience.” I guess this is complicated technical talk for “it makes your house feel like a movie theater.” Of course, that’s without the loud speakers, overpriced snacks and people coughing throughout the movie.
If you haven’t had a chance to see the movie yet, I don’t want to spoil it, but it follows Queen Ramonda, Shuri, and their friends as they deal with T’Challa’s death. While grief is a central theme of the story, the film also features captivating character development for Shuri and M’Baku, as well as a wonderful, commendable performance from Angela Bassett.
If you’re watching at home, you can yell, scream, and call Namor all the dirty names you want without anyone giving you a sideways glance. Or if you need a minute after Queen Angela’s spectacular scene in the throne room—you know the one I’m talking about—you can pause and collect yourself, then continue watching.
The timing of the film’s release is no coincidence, as it will no doubt be the focus of the streaming service’s Black History Month programming. Expect to see it in the middle of a specialized tab that highlights how much Disney cares about Black stories. This category will include Black panther, The Princess and the Frog, The proud family, Doctor McStuffins and probably some sports content from ESPN+. How do I know this? These are the same projects that the network showed last year. There aren’t many changes when it comes to Black History Month programming.
That is also interesting Wakanda forever is set to debut before the February 17 theatrical release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniawhich is the start of phase 5. So this means before you get too invested in the next phase of the MCU, you have two weeks a full phase 4 binge. Don’t look at me like I’m the only one who’s going to do it.
Don’t get me wrong, the movie experience is definitely special, but there’s also something comforting about avoiding germs, putting on your favorite pajamas, grabbing a home-cooked snack and just pressing OK on the remote.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuts on Disney+ on February 1.