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Black Panther 2 is being called a ‘beautiful tribute to Chadwick Boseman’ following world premiere

Jake Massey

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Black Panther 2 is being called a ‘beautiful tribute to Chadwick Boseman’ following world premiere

Featured Image Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo / Marvel Studios

Black Panther 2 has been labelled a 'beautiful tribute to Chadwick Boseman' following its world premiere.

Boseman, who played King T'Challa in the original 2018 film, died in 2020 from colon cancer.

The sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiered in Los Angeles yesterday (Wednesday 26 October) and critics have heaped it with praise.

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Critic Laura Sirikul wrote: "#WakandaForever was a beautiful tribute to Chadwick and the weight of losing him.

"The film beautifully touches on grief & what that can do to a person. Also, the action is so good & very brutal.

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"I need time to process this."

The Hollywood Reporter's Brian Davids tweeted: "Black Panther: #WakandaForever is Marvel's most poignant and powerful film to date.

"It's heavy and dark in the way that it needed to be, and mostly abandons the studio's trademark tone."

While critic Josie Meléndez wrote: "It's hard to shake the emotional weight #BlackPanther #WakandaForever carries throughout the entire film.

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"More serious in tone, a wonderful conclusion to Phase Four. It celebrates women as the fiercest protectors of all."

Lupita Nyong'o said the film had been 'emotional but therapeutic' to make and that the cast had put their 'grief to good use' in the process.

Nyong’o said it was 'an emotional movie to make'. Credit: Sipa US/Alamy Stock Photo
Nyong’o said it was 'an emotional movie to make'. Credit: Sipa US/Alamy Stock Photo

Asked how she would feel seeing the completed film, Nyong'o - who plays Nakia - told the PA news agency at the premiere: "I have no idea, I've been bracing myself all day.

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"It was an emotional movie to make but it was also therapeutic to get back together and share in our grief and put our grief to good use.

"This movie doesn't shy away from the loss of Chadwick Boseman, it embraces it and we seek to honour his legacy in it."

She added: "There were moments where we broke down, and there were moments where we laughed at memories we had of him, and there were moments where we just sat in silence.

"So I think that today is going to be a little bit of all of that."

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Letitia Wright, who plays Boseman's onscreen sister Shuri, said his loss was 'as tough as it sounds' and that she had put her 'heart in this for him'.

Rihanna has recorded a track for the film. Credit: Sipa US/Alamy Stock Photo
Rihanna has recorded a track for the film. Credit: Sipa US/Alamy Stock Photo

"Everyone is going to feel our heart," she told PA.

"It's a moment for us to honour him and we've really taken it, it's our heart, it's my heart in this film for him and I'm praying that you guys feel the same.

"(The loss) was as tough as it sounds, painful, but one that we channelled into the film, tried to tell the truth and tried to honour him."

The film hits screens on 11 November.

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Black Panther

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