Black Panther: Wakanda Forever continues to break records as the sequel recently premiered on Disney+ and has become the most-watched Marvel movie on the platform. Disney announced that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the most-streamed Marvel film premiere globally on Disney+, based on the total number of hours in its first five days.
The company did not provide the number of streaming hours but claimed that it is based on internal measurements. The film debuted on Disney+ on February 1, 2023, after a successful theatrical run.
Black Panther 2 takes place after the death of King T’Challa due to an undisclosed illness. This mirrors the real-life passing of actor Chadwick Boseman after a prolonged battle with cancer. The Black Panther actor did not speak publicly about his illness and only a handful of people outside his family knew that he was sick.
Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda takes T’Challa’s place as ruler of the once-isolated kingdom. Ramonda, daughter Shuri and the elite warriors of the kingdom try to stop other nations from getting access to Vibranium, a rare metal that was once thought to only exist within the borders of Wakanda.
Angela Basset's award-winning performance
Angela Basset's performance in the sequel received a lot of praise from audiences and critics. The Black Panther star won the Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture category at the Golden Globe Awards. This makes her the first actor to win a major individual award for a Marvel movie.
Bassett’s performance in the sequel also earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a film. She is the first female, first person of color, and Marvel Studios actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for a performance based on a comic-book adaptation.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever garnered a total of five Academy Award nominations including Best Original Song, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design, and Best Visual Effects. However, the sequel missed out on being nominated for Best Picture.
Aside from the accolades, the Black Panther sequel was also unsurprisingly a commercial success and topped box office charts for five consecutive weeks before being dethroned by Avatar: The Way of Water. The movie earned a total of $842 million in its theatrical run, making it the sixth highest-grossing film of 2022.
Will Black Panther expand to a trilogy?
With the continued success of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, fans are expecting a third installment to the series. Many of the cast and crew attached to the project have touched on the topic. Letitia Wright has hinted that the third film is already being worked on.
"I think it's already in the works," Wright revealed to Variety. "You know, we just had a terrific two years of just bringing it out and everybody coming together to support it. We need a little bit of a break, we need to regroup, and Ryan [Coogler] needs to get back into the lab so it's going to take a while, but really excited for you guys to see that."
Letitia Wright on plans for a #BlackPanther3: "I think it's already in the works...It's gonna take a while, but really excited for you guys to see that." #GoldenGlobes https://t.co/mPI0zz0SqB pic.twitter.com/hILe9CZP4B
— Variety (@Variety) January 11, 2023
Marvel producer Nate Moore previously stated that a third movie will be highly dependent on the performance of Black Panther 2. It should only be a matter of time now before we see Black Panther 3 considering the success of the second movie.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now available for streaming on Disney+.