Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will last two hours and forty-one minutes, making it longest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The information comes from various North American cinema related websites. In particular, the chain Cineplexwho included in the description of the future premiere an estimate of the time of its projection.
There is no official confirmation from the studio yet. However, the data can be a real indicator of working hours. So far the longest film in the franchise, not counting the sub-franchise. avengers– was Eternals, Chloe Zhao. Its running time is two hours and 36 minutes, which was a milestone in Marvel’s projects.
But Ryan Coogler’s feature film is also a tribute and closing scene to the saga, which could explain its long run. The plot is expected to include a symbolic farewell to actor Chadwick Boseman.who died before filming began. Also new exploration of the fictional Wakanda, as well as resolution of a major conflict in Black Panther costume continuity.
A painful farewell to a symbolic figure
Ryan Coogler’s film has sparked all sorts of speculation and high expectations. Particularly due to questions about how the script approached the death of Chadwick Boseman, the main character of the original. During the week, producer Kevin Feige issued statements explaining why the actor was not replaced. “We thought it was too soon”he told Empire, addressing the issue.
The question of who will replace Boseman as Black Panther has become one of the film’s biggest unknowns. At the same time, this is one of the topics that will bring a special solemn and adult tone to the project. Most of the team, behind and in front of the cameras, admitted that mourning over the death of an actor was a central influence on filming.
So much so that the script, the length of the footage, and even its pacing are associated with a “massive farewell” to Boseman. Director Ryan Coogler has insisted in recent weeks that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Its main purpose is to be a tribute. In particular, answering the question of how the context of history is connected with such a fundamentally important loss as the loss of Boseman.
“Unfortunately, this issue became more and more relevant to everything we did,” said Coogler, also for Empire. The director said that in the first months they were tormented by the question of how to move forward in a project that had lost its main face. “It was about overcoming insurmountable obstacles,” he explained, recounting the experience. “Trying to find a way to understand, again, the Black Panther concept beyond its central figure. Maturity is about facing unresolvable issues, making decisions and moving on.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forevercreate amid insurmountable problems
For Kugler, the result was relentless teamwork. “This unique group is more like a group than a group of actors, and Chad was our lead singer.” “So for me it was like, how can I find a song that can still be sung, in light of what we were trying to do?”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which has suffered all sorts of setbacks, including being closed for security reasons during the pandemic, has finally been completed in what Coogler calls a “joint effort.” It is currently considered the last film in the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also includes a key event for the franchise. To celebrate the memory and importance of Boseman, as well as the symbolic weight of the project in which he starred. “At the end of the day, Black Panther is more than a character”Coogler told Empire. “It’s a cultural holiday”something that seems to be of particular importance in its sequel.