Early, spoiler-free reactions poured out onto Twitter overnight, with some describing director Ryan Coogler's film as "stunning," "astonishing" and even the best Marvel Studios release to date.
With a cast that includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett and Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther has been heralded as a milestone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and for superhero movies as a whole. And judging from these early assessments, the film lives up to the hype.
Black Panther is the best MCU movie ever. I was blown away from start to finish and I’m not even being biased. This was by far the best marvel movie to date. Thank you, Ryan Coogler! #BlackPanther pic.twitter.com/8Qh0hlOYAb— Geeks of Color (@GeeksOfColor) January 30, 2018
#BlackPanther is simply awesome. Extremely bold and as touching as it is thrilling, it boasts GOT-style intrigue, crazy innovative action and a deep bench of memorable characters. Top 5 all-time Marvel movie, easy. More later. pic.twitter.com/mmz8Nuf1sy— Brian Truitt (@briantruitt) January 30, 2018
Stunning visuals. Iconic performances. And A REAL FREAKING STORY about a wealthy nation confronting its role in the world. Black Panther has the goods. Also there’s a post-credits scene. Here’s the premiere crowd racing back to watch it. pic.twitter.com/EiS7z9xbA7— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) January 30, 2018
Although Boseman stars in the title role, the women of Wakanda also get their time in the spotlight.But with actresses like Bassett, Nyong'o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright, what else did you expect?
BLACK PANTHER is like a Marvel movie, but better. the action is predictably awful, but this is the first MCU film that has an actual sense of identity & history & musicality. Wakanda is alive. whole cast is great but the women (and the war rhinos) steal the show — Danai Gurira!— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) January 30, 2018
BLACK PANTHER is just astonishing. Ryan Coogler has harnessed the superhero movie — and a really fun one! — to explore profound ideas and create vivid images of black excellence that so rarely ever make it to a giant Hollywood movie. Wow wow wow!— Adam 🐝. Vary (because bees are scary) (@adambvary) January 30, 2018
Also, while Hollywood can sometimes come under fire for its depictions of black culture, Black Panther seems to be a testament to the legacy of the first African superhero in mainstream comics.
#BlackPanther is a love letter about blackness, to a world that often ghettoizes it without realizing that it is on black backs that this planet revolves.— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) January 30, 2018
This world’s livelihood is in our blood. pic.twitter.com/FscW1hWbI6
Praised for everything from the representation of race in a superhero movie to Black Panther's mix of fun and story, Coogler appears to have raised the bar. Also, coming off the back of a Homecoming's sympathetic Vulture as the primary antagonist, it appears as if Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger is really one to watch.
BLACK PANTHER is incredible, kinetic, purposeful. A superhero movie about why representation & identity matters, and how tragic it is when those things are denied to people. The 1st MCU movie about something real; Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger had me weeping and he’s the VILLAIN— jen yamato (@jenyamato) January 30, 2018
There's still no word on what Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has up his sleeve beyond Phase Three, but given the early hype surrounding Black Panther, fans should no doubt keep their eye out for a sequel, sometime past 2019.
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Winston Duke as M’Baku and Forest Whitaker as Zuri. The Marvel Studio film arrives in theaters on Feb. 16.