The sequel to Black Panther will be one of the MCU's longest films. According to listings on the Regal and Cineplex websites, it'll run two hours and 41 minutes. That makes it the second longest film in the MCU, behind Avengers: Endgame. While a long runtime is never a guarantee of great film, it does give the filmmakers room to explore characters and situations. It also allows audiences to enjoy the dazzling action and inventive world-building that made the original film a hit.
The story picks up a year after T'Challa's death. Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Princess Shuri, M'Baku and Okoye must protect their nation from other nations seeking its rare, all-powerful vibranium, which is hidden in Africa. Meanwhile, the Dora Milaje are confronted by a new threat: the aquatic kingdom of the Talokanils led by Namor (Tenoch Huerta), who doesn't take kindly to Wakanda's pacifism.
In addition to Boseman's return as T'Challa, the returning cast includes Winston Duke as M'Baku, Letitia Wright as the genius Princess Shuri and Danai Gurira as the Dora Milaje leader Ayo. The film also introduces a host of compelling new characters, including Riri Williams, a feisty hacker and super-spy, and Dominique Thorne as the mysterious Zenzi.
With the addition of new actors and a deeper exploration of the themes at play, Wakanda Forever is more ambitious than its predecessor. That's reflected in the film's longer running time, which gives Coogler plenty of room to craft a rich, resonant narrative. The result is a satisfying follow-up that asks important questions about grief and identity, while also honoring the legacy of its iconic star.