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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Parents Guide – Is it Kid Friendly?

Wondering if Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is ok for kids? This highly emotional sequel is an incredible film, but it may not be for younger kids. With a lot of violence, a long running time, and mature content, Wakanda Forever is not the most kid friendly Marvel movie. Here’s what parents need to know in this Wakanda Forever Parents Guide.

Wakanda Forever Parents Guide

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Parents Guide

After King T’Challa has passed away, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje must fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers who are looking for vibranium.

When United States makes a machine to detect vibranium, it threatens another underwater nation when vibranium is found outside of Wakanda. Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and his underwater people of Talokan demand the Wakandans help them find the scientist who made the machine or they will wage war against Wakanda. 

The rules have changed as Queen Ramonda and Princess Shuri have never seen this kind of strength and power before.

Why is Black Panther Wakanda Forever Rated PG-13?

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, action, and some language which means some content may not be suitable for kids under age 13. 

Is Black Panther 2 Kid Friendly? 

Black Panther 2 is not the least kid friendly Marvel movie, but there are some scenes that will be difficult for young children including deaths. With moderate violence and heavy emotions, Wakanda Forever has some dark and sad scenes.

However, it also helps audiences process these emotions and provides opportunities for important discussions with tweens and teens. 

Black Panther 2 ok for kids

Language

There is some language in Black Panther 2 including about 10 uses of sh*t and a few uses of hell and a**. 

Action in Black Panther 2

The violence is what parents need to watch for in Wakanda Forever. It follows suit of Black Panther in regards to close up shots of hand-to-hand combat and a lot of fighting.

There are attacks on different kingdoms, government agencies, and people. You often see death up close by spear, gunshots, explosions, rods electrocuting people, and drownings. 

Bodies fall off boats and buildings.

Many characters are in peril and there is an intense battle scene with many deaths and destruction with little remorse. Children are also seen in danger. 

There are also a couple of jump scares.

Mature Content

Wakanda Forever is heavy emotionally with tributes to Chadwick Boseman and powerful Black Panther 2 quotes.  Characters are trying to cope with grief and the death of the Black Panther. There are also other deaths that will be hard for young children.

Rage, revenge, and grief are themes at the forefront of the film. 

There is a scene where a woman gives birth underwater. It’s not super graphic, but could raise some questions.

There is a scene with a sexual innuendo joke. 

Wakanda Forever Age Rating

Is Wakanda Forever Appropriate for Kids Under 13?

In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever you can expect to see some heavy violence, intense battle scenes, close up deaths, mature topics and themes, and emotional scenes of grief. To sum it up, Wakanda Forever is not kid friendly for young children, especially with a runtime of 2 hours and 41 minutes. I would recommend it for children 10 years and older. 

Ryan Coogler takes his time building up worlds, Namor’s kingdom, and even delving deeper into Wakanda’s traditions and culture. Visually stunning, Wakanda Forever transports you into new stories. Full of vibrant colors I almost felt like I was getting a sneak peek into the new Avatar film. 

Rather than base Namor’s kingdom on Atlantis, Coogler chose to base Talokan on Aztec legends and indigenous cultures. The imagery is beautiful with native languages spoken throughout the film. The whole film was laced with incredible elegance, grace, and warriors fighting for their homelands. 

There were so many standout performances including Angela Bassett as a grieving mother, Danai Gurira as a warrior just wanting to serve her country, and Huerta as a villain worthy of his name’s meaning. 

Letitia Wright as Shuri balances her playful humor with the rage and pain she feels of not being able to save her brother. She is more mature and grows up with responsibility of being a leader in Wakanda. 

Is Wakanda Forever as good as Black Panther? No. Chadwick Boseman’s presence is greatly missed – on screen and in the world. As a young child who is looking for his favorite superhero, and now he’s dead, that can be difficult and painful. Even watching as an adult, it was painful. But Coogler uses the pain to turn us all into a community. 

There are definitely some plot issues, but Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is still an excellent movie with a moving tribute to Chadwick Boseman and King T’Challa. It honors him in reverence and grace. Not your typical superhero film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a welcome departure from the MCU formula with emotional impact and importance.  

Black Panther 2 kid friendly