- Marvel’s much-anticipated “Black Panther” had its world premiere last night, and the initial reactions are in: people are obsessed with it.
- Most of the early reactions said that Michael B. Jordan is terrific as one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s few interesting villains, and that the film embraces its cultural significance.
Marvel’s “Black Panther,” the first black superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, had its world premiere last night.
While the reviews are under embargo until February 6 (ten days before the movie comes out), the initial reactions on social media are in: people love it. Not only did the early reactions agree that it’s one of the best movies in MCU, they also loved that it’s the first movie in the saga to have a social message.
One of the biggest takeaways from the movie is its inclusiveness and thoughtfulness about its significance to pop culture. It’s not a small thing to be a movie of this scale that stars a black cast.
The MCU has a villain problem: They tend to be one-note and boring, with little motivation to really get into the story. But people who saw “Black Panther” said that Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger is the best villain since Loki, and has motivations that will get you emotionally invested.
Could “Black Panther” surpass “Paddington 2” as the best reviewed movie of 2018 – and on Rotten Tomatoes? We’ll have to wait and see.
Here are some of the most glowing reactions to Marvel’s “Black Panther”:
“I’ve never seen a superhero movie like it.”
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
“Top 5 all-time Marvel movie, easy.”
'Black Panther' first reactions: It's 'astonishing,' 'iconic' and 'will save blockbusters' – USA TODAY's Brian Truitt hails the first superhero movie to star a black character "simply awesome" and a "top 5 all-time Marvel movie, easy." https://t.co/TbTxdPh2nq
— Deon Guillory (@DeonGuillory) January 30, 2018
“Marvel’s best, most thoughtful movie to date.”
Anyway, yes, Black Panther is incredible on so many levels and I feel very comfortable calling it Marvel’s best, most thoughtful movie to date.
— A.B. (@AlannaBennett) January 30, 2018
“‘Black Panther’ is the best MCU movie ever.”
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
“A thoughtful masterpiece connecting the historical struggles of the African Diaspora, meets the hope and possibilities of afrofuturism.”
Well, as promised, my non-spoiler first summary of #BlackPanther: a thoughtful masterpiece connecting the historical struggles of the African Diaspora, meets the hope and possibilities of afrofuturism.
— Kovie Biakolo (@koviebiakolo) January 30, 2018
“Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger had me weeping and he’s the VILLAIN.”
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
“‘Black Panther’ is a love letter about blackness.”
#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
“By far the most political Marvel chapter, to the point I had to remind myself this is a Marvel movie.”
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
“Yes, Michael B. Jordan delivers as Killmonger. Menacing and charming.”
— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) January 30, 2018
“Y’all don’t understand how good it feels to see.”
— Brandon Norwood (@bwood0824) January 30, 2018
“I never wanted this movie to end.”
#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. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/t9gG3DLuCL
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) January 30, 2018
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