Black Panther is super special for a number of reasons. At a time when minorities are facing vilification from their own leaders and barriers between different ethnic groups continue to grow across the world, it’s awesome that we can point to this movie as an example of a hero.
Also, because it looks really fkn good.
Well, Disney and Marvel Studios treated the media to an advance screening of the film before it debuts next month and the press were absolutely frothing it.
#marvel does it again with 'Black Panther'. Very impressed with the story and filmmaking. @michaelb4jordan absolutely kills it as the villain and is the best one since Loki. Also @DanaiGurira kicks so much ass and I loved every second of it. Going to make serious $. pic.twitter.com/YBrg2x3Nnz
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) January 30, 2018
Black Panther looks, feels and sounds unlike any Marvel film to date. A visual feast. Wakanda is amazingly realized, the antagonist actually has an arc with emotional motivations. Marvels most political movie. So good. #BlackPanther
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) January 30, 2018
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
#BlackPanther is exceptional – the James Bond of the MCU. You've seen nothing like this in a superhero movie – it's bold, beautiful & intense, but there's a depth & spiritualness that is unlike anything Marvel has ever done. It's 100% African & it is dope af. pic.twitter.com/Z77IjnIjf2
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) January 30, 2018
BLACK PANTHER is not screwing around. By far the most political Marvel chapter, to the point I had to remind myself this is a Marvel movie. BLACK PANTHER is a movie with a lot to say.
Also, Michael B. Jordan … damn
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) January 30, 2018
— Natasha Alford ???????? (@NatashaSAlford) January 30, 2018
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
You guys aren’t ready for #BlackPanther. It may be the strongest film in the MCU since The Winter Soldier. Ryan Coogler has made something so firmly fresh and new within the confines of the Marvel universe. Boseman and Jordan are just phenomenal, and I need more Wakanda now. pic.twitter.com/Xj8gJGdMUU
— Patrick "PJ" Campbell (@pj_campbell) January 30, 2018
— Roth Cornet (@RothCornet) January 30, 2018
#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.
This world’s livelihood is in our blood. pic.twitter.com/FscW1hWbI6
— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) January 30, 2018
If the movie can live up to expectation (and it’s pretty likely that it will) then it would be Marvel’s fourth consecutive film that opens to at least $100 million. Not too shabby at all.
And here’s what the celebs who attended the premiere are saying*:
[*At one point, I could have sworn it even prompted Donald Glover to get back on Twitter, but checking again this morning and he’s deleted everything. Again.]
BLACK PANTHER, my goodness.
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) January 30, 2018
Black Panther. So very good. I cheered and laughed and pumped my fist. I’ve never seen a super hero movie like it. Everybody involved with it deserves a medal and a high five.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 30, 2018
Ryan Coogler and @ava are heroes. I feel lucky to be alive to witness what they’re doing. ????⏱????????????????????????
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 30, 2018
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 30, 2018
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) January 30, 2018
The movie comes out on the 15th of Feb in ‘Straya, so get bloody keen.
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