'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' First Reactions Are Here

Ahead of the sequel's theatrical release next month, fans have been given an assortment of early reactions following the film's Hollywood premiere.

Wakanda Forever event with creators

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Wakanda Forever event with creators

The first reactions to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever are here following the Ryan Coogler-directed sequel’s Hollywood premiere.

The film, set to hit theaters next month, arrives four years after the Chadwick Boseman-led original. In 2020, Boseman died at the age of 43 due to complications from colon cancer. “Lift Me Up,” a new Rihanna song featured on the film’s soundtrack and slated for release this Friday, was recently revealed to have been written as a tribute to the late actor.

“After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life,” Tems, who’s among those credited as a writer on the upcoming track, said earlier this week. “I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them. Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”

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In addition to Tems and Rihanna, Coogler is also credited as a writer on the song, as is composer Ludwig Göransson.

The track itself has received multiple mentions amid the early reactions to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, formal reviews for which are expected to start being rolled out next week. In the meantime, see a sampling of premiere-spurred initial takes below, including praise for Coogler’s direction and moving reflections on how the film continues to honor Boseman’s legacy.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, starring Letitia Wright and Lupita Nyong’o, opens Nov. 11 in the U.S. One week earlier, the soundtrack album (Rihanna song included) will hit streaming services.

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