The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever full-length trailer has finally been published, and it is more dramatic and action-packed than we could have ever anticipated. On October 3, Marvel released the newest trailer for the highly anticipated Black Panther sequel, just over a month before it hits theatres.
The Marvel Studios film “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, returns to the African nation of Wakanda where a fresh threat has materialised. The new trailer and poster for the action-packed feature film explore Talokan, a mysterious undersea nation. The trailer features the brand-new Black Panther costume in all its glory. However, no one has yet been able to identify the woman sporting the Black Panther outfit.
Compared to the jaw-dropping trailer, its structure (and exposition) are more traditional, but that’s how this works. The narrative is outlined (those T’Challa left behind battle Namor as the outside world plots against the possibly exposed Wakanda). It gives Tenoch Huerta’s main villain a lot of screen time. He follows Disney’s legacy of thirst-quenching villains with his underwater master wreaking havoc on the surface world (yeah, these comic book themes can’t but mingle).
The whole aesthetic seems to be an indignant refutation of claims that recent MCU films have lost their visual appeal. Since the first Black Panther even hinted at that storyline, I’m interested in seeing how much it will fit into the general “grimmer, darker sequel that challenges the simplistic morals of its crowd-pleasing predecessor” box.
It doesn’t matter how it performs; what matters is whether it makes “all the money” or only “the great majority of the money.” The movie will still make $441 million domestically and (without China, perhaps) $950 million globally if it simply performs like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (-37% domestically but -28% globally).
That seems to be the most likely outcome, and quite a few sequels to critically acclaimed predecessors (Star Trek Into Darkness, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Avengers: Age of Ultron, etc.) earn less at home but more abroad for comparatively over/under global totals compared to the corresponding first movie.
But it’s assumed that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will carry on the MCU’s history of blockbuster sequels, which account for a sizable portion of their continued success. For example, Thor: The Dark World made 13% more money domestically and 43% more money globally than the first Thor. This kind of growth would be considered noteworthy for any other series.
Not to state the obvious, but the relative appeal of the critically acclaimed, Oscar-winning mega-hit Black Panther to general audiences hasn’t waned over the past four years. With a $242 million Friday-Monday opening, it brought in $700 million domestically and $1.346 billion internationally. It was Netflix‘s most-watched film of 2018 and sold $105 million worth of DVDs and Blu-rays in North America (more than Civil War and Age of Ultron, one of the most notable films).
The fact that Chadwick Boseman passed away from cancer in August 2020 taints the movie. Black Panther 2 openly acknowledges the passing of its on-screen title character, unlike Furious 7, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or The Dark Knight (and, by proxy, the actor). This is an unprecedented area for a blockbuster film. Television dramas like NewsRadio and Eight Simple Rules have incorporated the startling loss of a prominent cast member into the ongoing narrative. Had Boseman returned as the lead, Wakanda Forever would have been a tremendous hit.
The public wouldn’t be shocked if Black Panther: Wakanda Forever made more money domestically and internationally than its predecessor, minus China and Russia. In North America, it is expected to outperform Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way of Water after a strong start comparable to Spider-Man: No Way Home ($260 million).
The Way of Water ought to continue to be the best film ever made, especially if it succeeds in China. We shouldn’t be alarmed if Thor: Love and Thunder or Jurassic World Dominion-levels (over/under $145 million) are where Frozen II “only” opens. Frozen II grossed $477 million domestically after opening to $130 million in November 2019. No one is even attempting to set up a tentpole competition, as opposed to four years ago (RIP, Annihilation, A Wrinkle in Time, Red Sparrow, Tomb Raider, and Pacific Rim: Uprising). (Source: Forbes)
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