It’s hard to imagine a Black Panther movie that doesn’t include T’Challa, but more specifically, the actor who played him – Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman died of colon cancer in 2020, leaving the future of the Black Panther franchise in doubt.
But now, “Wakanda Forever” is on the horizon, hitting theaters on November 11.
And when it hits, it will hit hard – experts are anticipating at least a $175 million debut for the Disney and Marvel film, and that number could be low.
Theaters are still slowly scrambling back from pandemic closures and people’s anxiety about being in closed spaces with strangers, but “Wakanda Forever” could overcome the hesitation of many and bring them back to the movies.
The only other movies to cross the $100 million threshold since the pandemic first hit are “Jurassic World Dominion” ($145M) and “Top Gun: Maverick” ($126.7M).