Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder failed to reach the magic milestone, leaving Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to claim the honor of being Marvel’s highest-earning film of the year. Marvel Studios is still searching for the first billion-dollar movie of 2022. Considering the sequel is expected to start with between $180 to 225 million, it appears that might be assured for the film’s opening weekend. To put this in perspective, the first Black Panther had an opening weekend of $202 million and eventually surpassed $1 billion in 2018. Given this, expectations are high for the Wakandans to provide more of the same this time around.
There are two straightforward outcomes for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, despite previous projections being hit or miss due to the Covid epidemic. The film will still have one of the biggest opening weekends of Phase Four if it falls on the lower end of the spectrum, and one of Marvel’s highest-earning opening weekends ever if it falls on the higher end. There is a lot of interest in how the film will progress the story of Wakanda because it serves as a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman and will show the Wakandan populace grieving the loss of T’Challa in a mirroring that won’t be lost on fans. This may help the film easily challenge the $200 million milestone on its opening weekend.
A tribute to Chadwick Boseman, Wakanda Forever
The sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, will undoubtedly memorialize the legacy of original Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman after his untimely death in 2020, according to many interviews with the film’s performers. While Kevin Feige was clear that Chadwick Boseman’s character T’Challa would not be recast, there will be a new Black Panther who emerges from the film, and it is yet unknown who will be taking on the title. The movie has to contend with a new challenge to the Wakandan way of life in addition to being referred to be a “love letter” to Boseman by celebrities like Letitia Wright.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the last film in Marvel’s Phase Four, will serve as a bookend to the MCU’s response to the events of Avengers: Endgame. It will also herald Phase Five and the real beginning of the Multiverse Saga. Marvel Studios will be hoping that it ends the phase as one of the MCU’s most financially successful films.