Review: ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ is a Banger Ending to Phase 4 of the MCU

The Bohm Theatre sits on Superior Street during a snowy night. The Marquee tells the times for "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," a the latest installation into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Photo by Madison Wycoff).

On Nov. 11, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was released in the cinemas. The Bohm Theatre in downtown Albion showed the movie from Nov. 18. to Nov 27. The plot focuses on Namor, the ruler of Talokan, an underground water kingdom. He demands that Shuri, Princess of Wakanda, and Ramonda, Queen of Wakanda, bring him the scientist, Riri Williams, a college student who built a machine that can detect Vibranium. Namor plans to kill her. 

The emotional core of the story is about Shuri navigating her grief with the deaths in her family. In the first minutes of the movie, T’Challa, Shuri’s brother and the previous Black Panther, dies of an illness. T’Challa’s death parallels that of Chadwick Boseman, the actor who portrayed him in 2018’s “Black Panther,” who died of cancer in 2020. 

The Pleiad sent a survey to a number of Albion students, and a comment was left about Boseman.

“Perfect. A masterpiece and a great tribute to Chadwick Boseman,” Jesus Rodriguez, Dallas senior, said via Google Forms. 

The film has a beautiful tribute to Boseman. The standard Marvel opening credits were changed to focus all on Boseman’s Black Panther. 

T’Challa is not the only character that dies. Shuri’s mother died at the hands of Namor. Shuri becomes the next Black Panther. 

The major antagonist of the plot is Namor. In this version, the character is based on Mayan mythology. He is referred to as the winged serpent god Kukulcan in the film. Namor wore a serpent headdress and can fly with wings attached to his feet. 

According to students at Albion, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is a major success.. 

Every student surveyed answered yes to the question “Did you like ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?’” 

“Super emotional, very humanizing,” said Kaylee Peterson, Novi senior, via Google Forms.

It was packed in the Bohm’s theater. An audience member even had to grab a fold-out chair because no seats were left. 

The only complaint evidenced in the survey about “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was the run-time of the film. The movie lasted for two hours and 41 minutes.

 “It was on the long side,” Ian Lee, Albion senior, said via Google Forms. 

Despite the run-time, though, it was still an enjoyable watch.

“I very much enjoyed it though and am planning to watch it again this weekend before it leaves the Bohm,” Lee wrote. 

In my personal opinion, the movie is fantastic. I grew up watching Marvel, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe felt like it lost its edge after “Spiderman: No Way Home.” The movies afterward were fine. They had moments that I loved, but the story and characters were not as strong as before. But with “Wakanda Forever,” that nostalgic and cutting-edge Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to be back. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was a return to form for the MCU. Phase 4 of the MCU went out with a bang.

About Madison Wycoff 7 Articles
Madison Wycoff is a sophmore at Albion College from Kalamazoo, MI. She is a undeclared major and Theater minor. She draw comics. Contact Madison via email at

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