After the passing of Chadwick Boseman, the team behind the sequel to the extremely successful Black Panther was put in a bad position. Not only did they have to grieve a very close friend and colleague, but they had to make a movie without the main character. A script was complete and included Chadwick Boseman, which understandably had to be rewritten, not an easy task, especially under the circumstances. The movie turned out terrific, thanks to a notable villain (anti-hero?) and incredible acting from the cast.
Namor was a force to reckon with. From the get-go his power is shocking and as a viewer, hard to conceptualize a worthy opponent. The back story does delve into his past well and teaches the likely uneducated viewers about his origin and abilities. The audience could have connected with the character and fully feel his thought and emotions a bit more, however.
Shiri, who steps up to being the main character, shines throughout the movie. Her acting was exceptional and took the further commitment well. Ramonda was also very very good, there are many scenes where she is outstanding.
The movie is of course very emotional, the passing of Chadwick not only affects the characters within the story, but it’s clear that the actor’s emotions shine through their characters. This further adds to the quality of the acting.
It will be interesting to see what is next from the world of Wakanda and now Tlālōcān (Namor’s city). With a number of Wakanda-based projects in the works, that may be the next time. As for Namor, it would be a waste to not see him again within the Marvel world.
Overall, Black Panther is a must-watch for all Marvel fans. You will get excited, anxious and very emotional through the almost three hour film.