Early ‘Black Panther’ Reviews Praise Film as ‘Astonishing’, ‘Iconic’, and a ‘Cultural Phenomenon’

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER
T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)
Credit: Matt Kennedy/©Marvel Studios 2018

Black Panther is finally upon us.

The first superhero movie in years to star a black lead character – with Chadwick Boseman playing an African king, and director Ryan Coogler at the helm – had its world premiere on Monday night in Hollywood.

After the credits ran, social media’s cup runneth over, with early reaction praising the Marvel film for celebrating black excellence at a level never seen before in the genre, and predicting Black Panther will render audiences speechless.

USA TODAY’S Brian Truitt called Black Panther “simply awesome” and a “top 5 all-time Marvel movie, easy.”

“The representation of Black women in #BlackPanther made me feel seen,” tweeted film critic ReBecca Theodore-Vachon. “Seen in a way other superhero movies have not done well.”

“Whatever you think it is… multiply that by a hundred. Royalty is in our DNA,” raved The Chi creator Lena Waithe (and Master of None writer/star) on Instagram.

Los Angeles Times‘ Tre’vell Anderson compared the emotional highs to those in Wonder Woman. “I don’t even like superhero movies but THIS IS IT!” he tweeted. “I feel like I felt after watching Wonder Woman BUT BETTER! Like. Wow. I’m amazed!”

Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Keegan declared the performances iconic. “Stunning visuals. Iconic performances. And A REAL FREAKING STORY about a wealthy nation confronting its role in the world. Black Panther has the goods,” she tweeted.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Andrea Mandell