If you are an MCU fan, you've probably been waiting for this. And trust me, this movie will not disappoint.
You will miss Chadwick Boseman - after all he is the OG Black Panther. The movie opens with his funeral and it is the franchise's tribute to him. The funeral scenes are stunning and achingly beautiful. And there is this palpable sense of grief. The whole tribute is done tastefully and reverently. As it should be - Boseman was a very special person.
Because the studio decided not to recast the Black Panther, there is a sense that maybe this is it. In any case Wakandans are grieving for their king but they are also unprotected and vulnerable. In the meantime Western nations are trying to steal Vibranium from Wakanda for long range missiles.
Then of course we are introduced to a new underwater kingdom- ruled by Namor (Tenoch Huerta) who asks (not very nicely) Wakanda's queen - Ramonda (Angela Bassett) to become his ally as his country is also run on Vibranium and others are trying to raid it. He threatens war is an alliance is not forged - but before the relationships sour, we are treated to a tour of this amazingly beautiful Atlantis like kingdom, Talokan.
More cannot be said without spoilers so let's move on to the amazing set of strong, powerful women in complex situations - ruling, protecting, loving, hoping.
Shuri (Letitia Wright) turns out to be even more intelligent and capable and strong than in Black Panther. She is mourning but she is resilient. She is rebellious but also respectful of her queen. In the end she has to decide whether she is noble like T'Challa or wants to get things done like Killmonger.
And you'll have to watch the movie to see what happens.