Black Panther is on track to be Marvel Studios biggest film yet, even outdoing their marquee Avengers titles.
More importantly, it’s being hailed as a landmark moment for both the superhero genre and black cinema.
Not even the disgruntled alt-right trolls, who’d love nothing more than to hate on it – because troll-is-life for them – can derail what is quite possibly the MCU’s best film to date.
The film has also inspired moviegoers to proudly wear traditional African clothing to screenings of the Marvel film across the world:
Families were out in full force – a beautiful sight. “What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world,” -T’Challa. Great times last night with church homies supporting @BlackPanther #dmvphotography #dmvphotographer #dcphotographer #dcevents #dcphotography #hbcu #Wakanda #Facebook #Education #Love #Spirit #History #Africa #live #Movies
Millions of black moviegoers have taken to screenings across the globe proudly sporting traditional clothing and patterns which are featured heavily in the film, which is deeply steeped in African iconography, lore and mythos, fully embracing the Afro-Futurism.
As well as adults proudly donning African traditional grabs it’s given young black children, who are attending screenings in places like London, New York and South Africa, a superhero they can look up to and identify with – thus becoming a true celebration and appreciation of African culture.
Based on the character created by Jack Kirby, T’Challa (aka the Black Panther) made his first comic debut in the pages of Fantastic Four #52 in July 1966.
The character made his full MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War in 2016.
When your crew arrives in #Wakanda … took my people to bask in the melanin dipped movie @blackpanther in the heart of Harlem where every theater was showing nothing but Black Panther…. it’s everything and more! So much had to see it twice already! #blackpanthernyfw #BlackPantherFashion #wakandafashion #BlackBoyJoy #tasteofwakanda #BlackGirlMagic #wakandadrippin #WakandaCameToSlay
Before its official release, it had already received a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film review database.
It’s dropped ever-so-slightly to 97 per cent, at the time of writing, still making it one of the best-reviewed Marvel films so far.
Pre-sale tickets for Black Panther sold out quicker than Quicksilver running around the globe twice at a Mach 10 pace (nice little comic book reference there), and Ryan Coogler’s epic is already out-performing Captain America: Civil War as ticketing site Fandango’s best-selling Marvel title in the first 24 hours.
Black Panther is one of Marvel’s most important films in terms of social awareness, while it provides an intelligent, thought-provoking and often-times visceral commentary about heritage and tradition.
It’s also accessible enough for a wide range of audiences to enjoy and embrace.
Yes it was a great movie! #Blackpanther #Wakanda My Amazing dress Made by @thaeliamczenna Thanks @uniajamaica and all Partners it was a great night. Food was great @cafeafricaja #wakandafashion #Blackexcellence No stopping us! More pics later! Big Up #Councilonreparations and @officialzip103fm #wakandaforever Link @kerrywedderburn @kweventsandrentals for your set designs!
You can read our full review here.
Black Panther is in cinemas now.