Ryan Coogler’s emotion-packed Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens in theaters this weekend but critics, including our own Hunter Radesi, have had ample time to screen the film ahead of its wide release. With the expiration of the embargo, dozens of reviews are making their way online and onto Rotten Tomatoes and the early returns are very promising for the film.
Though it’s not quite Certified Fresh yet because there are not enough reviews, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opened up with an impressive 94% through the first 84 reviews. The balance between a powerfully emotional tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman and a plot that advances the story of the nation of Wakanda are among the most commonly mentioned strengths. Others who were less high on the film called into question the film’s hefty run time, its pacing and convoluted plot.
2018’s Black Panther stands as Marvel Studios’ highest-rated film to date with a Certified Fresh rating of 96% with over 529 reviews. For the sequel to be so well-received following the tragic loss of Boseman and a complete rewrite of the script is a testament to Ryan Coogler and the team behind the sequel.