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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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Wakanda Forever was made to commem­o­rate the memory of actor Chad­wick Bose­man, who died in August of 2020 and performed as King T’Challa of Wakanda in the 2018 film “Black Panther”. 

In the recent film, the view­ers focus on T’chal­la’s younger sister, Shuri. Shuri, her mother Ramonda, and the people of Wakanda, strug­gle to deal with the loss of some­one they never thought they would have to live with­out, their unify­ing leader. 

While deal­ing with the new threats to Wakanda, Shuri fights to honor the memory of her brother, and do what she believes is in the best inter­est of her people. While battling the real­ity of her broth­er’s death, she must learn the value of mercy and the peace it can lead to. Queen Ramonda, who has assumed the throne temporar­ily after T’Challa’s death, works to keep Wakanda stand­ing against inter­na­tional threats. The King of the aquatic nation of Talokan, the antag­o­nist of the story, tries to persuade Wakanda to be involved in an anti-impe­ri­al­ist alliance. 

Ryan Coogler, the direc­tor of Black Panther and its sequel, revealed to the New York Times that the orig­i­nal plan of the sequel was for the theme of grief to be simi­lar through­out. Still, instead of griev­ing over the loss of T’challa, it would have been over the loss of time. The blip would have caused him to lose five years with his son. Addi­tion­ally, there would have been two black panthers. 

Even after the year ended, the movie had a 7.2÷10 rating on IMDB during the first week of Janu­ary. This movie means so many things to many commu­ni­ties. In the words of T’Challa’s love, Nakia, “He was King and Black Panther to every­one, but to me, he was everything.”

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Yohannan Gugsa, Editor-in-chief
Yohannan Gugsa is the Editor in Chief of The Verdict. She is one of the contributing founders of the journalism club with the position of Secretary. She is a junior in her third year of journalism. She has a deep passion for writing and investigative journalism. She describes that the best part of this class is the sense of community there is. She enjoys the writing process in the journalism field.

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