Black Panther Named One of American Film Institute's Top Films of 2018

Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther

Marvel's Black Panther has been honored by the American Film Institute as one of the 10 "culturally and artistically significant" films of 2018.

Featuring a largely African setting and a primarily black cast, director Ryan Coogler's Black Panther was a huge box office success, grossing more than $1.3 billion worldwide. Critical acclaim has also been building steadily, with Disney launching an Academy Awards campaign in 16 categories, including Best Picture. Black Panther was honored in November with the Hollywood Film Award, and received recognition at the People's Choice Awards.

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Other 2018 films honored by the AFI include A Quiet PlaceMary Poppins Returns and A Star Is Born. Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman was recognized last year by the American Film Institute.

Chadwick Boseman will reprise his role as Black Panther in May 2019 in Avengers 4, alongside Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Evangeline Lilly and Josh Brolin. A Black Panther sequel, once again directed by Coogler, is already in development.

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