Black Panther is on a lot of people’s most-anticipated movie lists for 2018 and for good reason. After seventeen blockbuster films, Marvel is finally giving a person of color the center role, with Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther. Not only that, but Marvel scored major cred hiring Fruitvale Station and Creed director Ryan Coogler to write and direct the film.
Many of the folks lucky enough to go to the premiere are singing praise for Coogler and his vision.
— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) January 30, 2018
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) 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 B. Vary (@adambvary) January 30, 2018
Others highlight the fact that, despite being a big-budget superhero blockbuster, the movie still explores ideas of identity in a timely way.
Black Panther was STUNNING. The movie itself tackles a lot of different issues, including a complex villain and the moral struggles that come with being king.
And it truly showed the strength of black women THE ENTIRE TIME.#BlackPanther
— Dani Fernandez (@msdanifernandez) 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
Still others call it the best Marvel movie to date! And did I mention there have been seventeen?
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. pic.twitter.com/LSkWEconB4
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) January 30, 2018
Black Panther is a new high for Marvel on so many levels: the richest exploration of identity and strength and privilege, the deepest bench of complex women, and I think the MCU’s most tragic villain. The atmosphere in the screening room was so charged.
— Emma Dibdin (@emmdib) January 30, 2018
While we still have to wait until next week for the review embargo to lift, social media reactions tend to be more mixed than these, even if they do skew positive. So keep your hopes up! Marvel’s Black Panther hits theaters February 16th, and I hope to see you in the theater! In the meantime, pick up Ta-Nehisi Coates’ stellar Black Panther run right here.
Feature Image Via Marvel