Wakanda Continuum! Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens this weekend in theatres after the terrible death of star Chadwick Boseman caused Marvel Studios and director Ryan Coogler to reconsider their strategy for a follow-up to 2018’s blockbuster, Black Panther. The eagerly anticipated follow-up will serve as both the fourth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a memorial to the late Boseman.
The movie is expected to debut between $175 million and $185 million domestically, which would rank it third in opening weekends since the pandemic behind fellow MCU entries Spider-Man: No Way HomeandDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which debuted at $260 million and $187 million, respectively. This would be a slight decline from the original film’s $202 million opening weekend haul.
The enormous, culturally significant music from the first Black Panther contributed to its resounding success. Black Panther: The Album, put together by Kendrick Lamar in collaboration with producer Sounwave and film composer Ludwig G. Ranson, arrived at the top of the Billboard 200.
Lamar also earned gold with his own Grammy for King’s Dead, which featured Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake. G Hansson received an Academy Award and a Grammy for his score. Even the notoriously scathing critic Robert Christgau praised the album, calling it “sneakily experimental pop-rap” and praising Kendrick Lamar for “marking every [song] with a verse or chorus or hook defined by the least regal of the great rap flows, unassumingly slurred while making every word count.”
While many are still eagerly awaiting information on Wakanda Forever’s plot and how the movie will deal with the death of Boseman, fans are also interested in hearing who might be featured on the soundtrack of the sequel after high-profile cameos from Lamar, The Weeknd, SZA, and others graced the first film.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s soundtrack builds on its predecessor by featuring well-known artists and Afro-futurist sounds. Captivating original soundtracks have gotten harder to find lately, especially ones so cutting edge.
G.Ransson makes a comeback as a producer, drawing on Mayan and Nigerian musical traditions to portray Talokan, a kingdom that is prominently featured in the new movie, and Wakanda. The album’s biggest star, though, is unquestionably Rihanna, who provides the soaring ballad Lift Me Up, her first new song since 2020. It sets the scene well for the film’s tale of resilience, legacy, and loss.
In addition to Future, other artists on the soundtrack include Mexican pop phenomenon Foudeqush, Nigerian crooner CKay, UK grime legend Stormzy, and many more. All 19 songs on the album are energizing compositions that work well both on their own and within the framework of Ryan Coogler’s stirring film.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Music from and Inspired by genuinely has something for everyone, from upbeat dance tracks to traditional Mexican songs, mellow mood pieces, and even an African house music offshoot called Jele.