“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is now streaming on Disney+, 82 days after it was released in theaters — the longest window between theatrical release and streaming release of any Marvel movie on Disney+.
However, the wait may have been worth it since the movie grossed more than $800 million at the box office worldwide and has a 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. It also scored two Golden Globe nominations and five Oscar noms. Angela Bassett, who played Queen Ramonda, won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
Plus, the film is now streaming in IMAX Enhanced on Disney+, joining 16 other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies, such as the first “Black Panther” movie, along with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Eternals,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and more. IMAX Enhanced lets viewers experience more immersive viewing with an expanded aspect ratio.
If new Disney+ subscribers want to watch “Black Panther 2,” they have to pay $10.99 per month for the ad-free plan, up from $7.99. Or they can subscribe to the newly launched ad-supported tier, which is $7.99 per month.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” takes place after the death of King T’Challa — played by Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in 2020. Throughout the film, the Princess of Wakanda, Shuri (played by Letitia Wright), is grieving the loss of her brother; however, she must fight alongside Queen Ramonda, M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje to protect their nation from the ruler of a hidden undersea nation, Namor (Tenoch Huerta Mejía). The film also stars Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.
The “Black Panther” sequel marks the final movie of Phase 4 of the MCU. As we enter the second month of 2023, we’ll soon see the release of Phase 5 titles, including “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” which premieres in theaters on February 17, along with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and “The Marvels,” among others.