Last night was the World Premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther, which will be the studio’s first film that features a black film lead, and director. Held at the historic Dolby theater, it looked like the entire Marvel family plus every black performer were in attendance. Joe, and I were able to attend the premiere, and spotted nearly the entire Black Panther cast along with Martin Lawrence, Mike Coulter, Josh Gad, Joss Whedon, James Gunn, Taika Waititi, Ava Duvernay, Chris Hardwick, Anthony Anderson, Randall Park, David Hasselhoff, Jon Favreau and I’m sure I’m missing more. Without saying too much due to the review embargo, the film is better than or just neck in neck with Captain America: Winter Soldier. This is a historic time for many including myself. Director Ryan Coogler does not shy away from the subtle and major black themes in his third feature outing. However, this doesn’t mean that messages, character traits, and motivations are exclusive to one race of people.
If the fact that Black Panther sold more tickets in its first 24 hours than any other Marvel film doesn’t indicate that this will have a juggernaut opening, and momentum then maybe these early reviews will convince you…….oh and also the review embargo will be lifted 10 days before the film’s release. Marvel has major confidence in the quality of the film, rightly so.
Black Panther was incredible, and powerful and everything we need right now. The words “cultural phenomenon” have never felt more appropriate. Everyone pleaseeeee do yourself a favor and go see it.
— Chloe Bennet (@ChloeBennet4) January 30, 2018
Marvel keeps raising the bar with their films and Black Panther is no exception. Exceptional storytelling, a rousing and inspired cast. It’s a huge achievement! Made me want a Marvel BOND film in the worst way. Michael B. Jordan is a stand out in a movie filled with them!
— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) January 30, 2018
I CAN’T SLEEP! This is what happens to a brain that’s seen the perfect movie. #BlackPanther
— Lamarr Wilson (@LamarrWilson) January 30, 2018
— TY SIMPKINS (@TYSIMPKINSactor) January 30, 2018
#BlackPanther delivers on the trailers and beyond. The footage you’ve seen so far is just a peek, not the peak. With laughter, tears, action and spectacle, it’s an Afrofuturistic celebration of our power to steer our destiny. It’s exactly what you think it is and more. pic.twitter.com/SBzlk78PLv
— Tananarive Due (@TananariveDue) January 30, 2018
Black Panther is essential. Incredible. Revolutionary. Woke. Fun. I can’t stop thinking about it. The Cooglerization of the Marvel Universe is exhilarating.
— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) January 30, 2018
Believe the hype. Believe the buzz. Believe the words “cultural phenomenon.” #blackpanther is about to blow minds and take names. My God. Where to even begin. Long live the King. pic.twitter.com/cECg2mxnKw
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 30, 2018
P.S. – I’m glad we got Ryan Coogler to direct (and co-write) #BlackPanther. Someone who loves our Blackness. Someone who loves and respects Black women – we need more of that.
— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) 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
Coogler does it again! 3 for 3 #blackpanther is thrilling, emotional and has one of the best villains in the MCU. Every character has purpose and it’s a pure ride from start to finish. Great movie.
— Kristian Harloff (@KristianHarloff) January 30, 2018
BLACK PANTHER feels like the actual start of a new phase for Marvel, not only because it exists so well on its own terms, but because it feels so new and timely, through both its storytelling and the very people the story is about (and those who get to tell it). Wonderful.
— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) 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
#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
#BlackPanther is simply awesome. Extremely bold and as touching as it is thrilling, it boasts GOT-style intrigue, crazy innovative action and a deep bench of memorable characters. Top 5 all-time Marvel movie, easy. More later. pic.twitter.com/mmz8Nuf1sy
— Brian Truitt (@briantruitt) January 30, 2018
(Also, sorry Loki, Rocket, Groot, et al. Letitia Wright’s Shuri is gonna be everybody’s new favorite Marvel scene-stealer.) pic.twitter.com/XZZpSPqMch
— Brian Truitt (@briantruitt) January 30, 2018
BLACK PANTHER. Incredible. Real world building with Wakanda. Great mythology building around the Black Panther. Solid character development. Top notch action. Great narrative. Wonderful villain (rare for Marvel). Killer soundtrack. Fav MCU film since Civil War.
— John Campea (@johncampea) January 30, 2018
WOW. Black Panther will change the landscape of superhero movies forever. Expect and demand more from Hollywood. The stories its denied us for so long don’t just *deserve* to be told — they will save blockbusters from total irrelevance and creative bankruptcy.
— Jess Joho (@liongirl528) 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
Make sure to check out our Black Panther 101 series which will give you the lowdown on what you need to know before you watch the film. Tickets for Black Panther are on sale now, but good luck trying to score one for opening weekend!