Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will miss opening weekend sales projections by a wide margin.
Wakanda Forever opening weekend was projected to earn $395 million for the sequel.
Box Office Pro explained: “Wakanda Forever pre-sales for the most recent seven-day period fell slightly short of projections…”
Ticket sales estimates were significantly reduced for one reason: China banned Wakanda Forever for having LGBT+ characters.
A scene featuring 2 lesbian characters was cut prior to the film’s release in Kuwait, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
According to Business Insider, the lesbian couple was enough to get the movie banned in China – even though their 1-minute kiss scene was cut.
DC’s Black Adam, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is also banned in China because it features a cross-dressing character.
The Black manosphere complained that Wakanda Forever is a “Black female, queer, trans” spectacle that is completely devoid of male masculinity.
They blame Marvel and writer/director Ryan Coogler for refusing to re-cast a Black male as T’Challa after Chadwick Boseman‘s death in 2020.
Instead, Leticia Wright, who played T’Challa’s younger sister in the original, is the new T’Challa, a Black woman tasked with protecting men.
I was gonna participate but the movie was meh. Didn’t like it, I know some won’t agree but a damn near complete absent of black men just killed the movie. Wakanda is at war and the women are the nearly all the military ? This ain’t Wonder Woman which I could accept. Tchalla jr?
— P.Tylerrrr0711?? DO-CHATTEL-AS (@tylerrrr0711) November 13, 2022
A manosphere commenter wrote: “We all know if Batman died they wouldn’t replace him with a bat girl.”
Half of the commenters in the thread vowed not to see Wakanda Forever in theaters.
YouTuber Valiant Renegade said moviegoers should not compare Wakanda Forever to its original.
“It is highly doubtful to me that this film is going to ride anywhere near to the success the first one did given the fact that it has basically nothing the first one did,” he said.
Just watched the new Black Panther "Wakanda Forever" & it is the most disrespectful movie I've ever seen towards black men. @MarvelStudios @Marvel nothing but the attire and the instrumentals or music are apart of African culture purely. Everything else is just a delusion.
— Black Truck C (@blacktruckerc) November 13, 2022
That moment you realize WAKANDA Forever would hv been entirely different With the Black Panther!!
Black men. We need you. No matter how much the world tries to “last” your existence, We need you !! It’s better With you !! Black men Absolutely deserve to grow old !
— CT.HollyB. (@Hollyswrld) November 13, 2022
I knew Wakanda forever would be a woman ..can black men have anything?
— mr elite ? (@rawchronicles) November 13, 2022