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Return to Wakanda on Chattanooga’s Biggest Screen

"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" premieres at Tennessee Aquarium's IMAX 3D Theater starting Nov. 10.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is coming to the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D theater. You can experience Marvel Studios’ latest larger-than-life blockbuster than on the theater’s six-story screen beginning Thursday, Nov. 10 through Nov. 27.

The sequel to 2018’s wildly popular and critically acclaimed Black PantherWakanda Forever marks the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s long-awaited return to Earth’s most technologically advanced society.

About Wakanda Forever

After the sudden death of the fictional African nation’s ruler and guardian, King T’Challa – aka Black Panther – Wakanda Forever sees the superhero’s mother, Queen Ramonda (Angela Basset), and sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), fighting alongside Wakandan warrior Okoye (Danai Gurira) and heroine Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) to protect a kingdom still reeling in the power vacuum T’Challa left behind.

As Wakanda struggles to reckon with the passing of their king, a new threat emerges from Namor (Tenoch Huerta Mejía), the leader of a mysterious hidden undersea civilization called Talocan.

The void of King T’Challa’s absence was felt keenly by the film’s cast, crew, and director Ryan Coogler during production. The unexpected and devastating passing of Black Panther’s star Chadwick Boseman following a battle with colon cancer in 2020 threw the franchise’s future into question.

Coogler and the rest of the cast and crew channeled Boseman’s loss into every moment of Wakanda Forever, working to create a film that honors and continues Boseman’s legacy without recasting the character.

“I always carried him in every scene,” Wright said during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I always would ask, ‘Bro, what do you think?’ and just try to keep a spiritual connection.

“He meant everything to me, and he’s the reason why I’m here. He picked me to be his sister, so I couldn’t have done this journey without him.”

For eager Panther fans, the film will also answer the question burning in every Wakandan’s heart: Who will rise to claim the title of the next Black Panther?

For showtimes and ticketing information, visit tnaqua.org/imax/black-panther-wakanda-forever/.  

 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 3-year-old Ezra.