After what felt like years of buildup, Black Panther finally premiered in Hollywood last night, January 29. And judging by the reactions on Twitter, it was more than worth the wait. Find out what critics have to say about the movie, which some are calling the “best Marvel film ever.”
Starring Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa of Wakanda (AKA Black Panther), Michael B. Jordan as Eric Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, and Danai Gurira as Okoye — among many, many other incredible actors — the Ryan Coogler-directed film is receiving amazingly high praise from almost all who have seen it, including those whose job it is to critique movies.
Mashable‘s movie reporter Angie J. Han had nothing but great things to say, tweeting, “#BlackPanther: I never wanted this movie to end, and as soon as it did I wanted to go back. Solid action, smart story, tons of personality. Shuri is my new fave, Nakia is everything, Killmonger is incredible, T’Challa deserves to rule the MCU. Coogler has done it again.”
Jamie Broadnax, editor-in-chief of Black Girl Nerds, loved pretty much everything about the film — “excellent special effects, compelling story line, brilliant performances!” — and said that it “will go down in history as Marvel’s best!”
The Wrap‘s film reporter Umberto Gonzalez was similarly struck, saying, “I think the argument can be made for #BlackPanther being the best Marvel film ever! Just got out of premiere & overwhelmed at the imagery, the majesty & a film that elevates the superhero genre to new heights.”
Uproxx senior entertainment writer Mike Ryan said, “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.”
The Los Angeles Times’ Jen Yamato furthered that point, saying, “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.”
And the praise just keeps coming.
ReBecca Theodore-Vachon, contributor to Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, and Roger Ebert (among others):
Jason Guerrasio, senior entertainment reporter at Business Insider:
Steven Weintraub, editor-in-chief of Collider.com:
Peter Sciretta, owner and editor of Slash Film:
Eric Kohn, deputy editor and chief critic for IndieWire:
Kate Erbland, film editor for IndieWire:
We can only hope this means the beginning of amazing new things for Marvel and inclusivity in superhero movies.
Check out the Black Panther trailer below, and get a glimpse at what everyone is so excited about. You’ll be able to see all of the amazing action when the film hits theaters on February 16.
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(photo via Marvel Studios)