Black Panther – Wakanda Forever: Ambitious and/or Bloated

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Ambitious and/or Bloated

Melvin & Dan can only agree on one thing: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is, in fact, a Marvel movie. To focus their attention, Melvin proposes four ambitions that he feels will make-or-break the film for audience members.


  • (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 44-minutes discussing Kevin Conroy’s passing, Video Rental store nostalgia, and media curation (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 
  • Reflecting on Black Panther’s immense cultural impact and success. 
  • Reminiscing on the intended plans for King T’Challa in the MCU post-Endgame. 
  • Melvin liked that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had a somewhat self-serious profile as opposed to the more flippant, light sensibilities of other Marvel fare. 
  • However, Melvin has four headers – ambitions – that he observed within Black Panther: Wakanda Forever that he felt prevented him from “buying in” to the fiction of the film but may actually be beneficial qualities to certain audience members. 
  • His first point covers the film’s global stage for a political drama between potentially warring counties. 
  • His second point covers the personal character stories within the film. 
  • A brief aside from the points, Melvin and Daniel agree: the suits at the end of the movie aren’t that good. 
  • Melvin’s third point has to do with the film’s metatextual pairing of T’Challa’s fictional death and Chadwick Boseman’s real-life death. 
  • Melvin’s final point covers what he would consider inefficient pacing, such as scenes clearly setting up future movies, or scenes having only one purpose at a time rather than being dynamic in detail. 


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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, action and some language. It features Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Dominique Thorne. Directed by Ryan Coogler. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently in theaters.

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Melvin Benson Cinematic Doctrine Christian Movie Podcast Host

Melvin Benson is the Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!

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