Black Panther First Reactions Call Marvel's Film 'Iconic,' 'Astonishing'


Already one of the year's most-anticipated movies, Marvel's Black Panther is now being heaped with adulation following its red-carpet premiere on Monday night in Hollywood.

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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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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