Body, soul, and the Black Panther

Bukola Olafenwa
3 min readNov 13, 2022


Bukola Olafenwa, at Vue, Westfield, London.

There is an exceptional sense which connects a multitude of minds to a strong feeling that Marvel Studio’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, released on 11 November 2022, is not just a follow-up to Black Panther (2018); it is more of a new chapter about a new song in a new world where questions and counter-questions fly in every direction that consolidates the very essence of humanity.

L-R: Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Late Chadwick Boseman and Black Panther, Letitia Wright (Shuri/Black Panther), Winston Duke (M’Baku), and Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia). Image Credits: The Direct

Our familiarity with the cast from Black Panther (2018) is surprisingly stuck in unprecedented realities in this sequel that shakes the epistemological foundations of speculations and renders the wildest imaginations inadequate and incommensurable with the awe that thus pervades the broadest spectrum of sight. It should be noted that notable stars such as Letitia Wright (Shuri/Black Panther), Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Tenor Huerta (Namor), Winston Duke (M’Baku), and Florence Kasumba (Ayo), excel themselves in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022 ).

L-R: Letitia Wright (Shuri/Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), and Tenor Huerta (Namor). Image Credits: The UBJ

Every viewer is overtly trapped in the possibilities and impossibilities integral to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022), disarming bodily immunity to cinematic disruptions and mysteriously piercing the uttermost depths of the soul.

The possibility that Black Panther lives, after all, triumphs over mortality. The tyranny of such a possible conceptual displacement can only be ruthless and extensively awkward in its magnanimity. The benevolence of such a cruel perception becomes the basis of what makes Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) a continuation of what we could never have predicted, but what we could be made to ever wish for with boundless pleasure.

Maybe it is not impossible that Wakanda can be at the center of a weirder debate about what is more to life than meets the eye. Perhaps, the impossibility that trails the portrayal of femininity in a men’s world inspires the sacred secrets enshrouded in the film’s aesthetics, plotline, and voices that speak to the present and the future.

Late Chadwick Boseman and Black Panther. Image Credits: X2X

Guess it’s about time everyone walked into and through the nearest space for an exhilarating encounter with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022), a superhero film that proves a story better experienced than told. As a citizen of Wakanda, this is my submission, my brief sequel. May the soul of Chadwick Boseman continue to rest in perfect peace. May the light of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which has grossed about $150 million globally already, shine brightly amid perceived doubts, limitations, and calls for a more liberated world. May the third part of the Black Panther series come with greater interrogations of the Wakandan perspective that would impact the world body and soul and forever.

Author: Bukola Olafenwa; email:



Bukola Olafenwa

Alumna, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; University of Westminster, London.