We are only days away now from the release of Black Panther and it is already breaking records.
The hype is real as Black Panther is officially the most highly anticipated superhero movie of all-time selling more advance tickets than any other.
And it looks like it will meet the high expectations of fans as the film currently has a 100 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
If you can’t contain your excitement and want to watch the trailer one last time, here it is for your viewing pleasure:
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Yesterday the first wave of reviews from critics hit the internet and they are overwhelmingly positive about the latest film from Marvel Studios.
Of course as more reviews come in the rating for Black Panther on the review aggregator site may change but, at the time of writing, 66 different critics have certified it as ‘fresh’.
Kenneth Turan from The Los Angeles Times was one such critic praising Black Panther‘s imagination in his review writing:
Energised to a thrilling extent by a myriad of Afrocentric influences, Black Panther showcases a vivid inventiveness that underscores the obvious point that we want all cultures and colours represented on screen because that makes for a richness of cinematic experience that everyone enjoys being exposed to.
With dialogue that deftly explores serious questions, such as how much if anything do wealthy countries owe the poor and oppressed of the world, it draws energy from Ryan Coogler’s sense of excitement at all he’s attempting.
The result is a superhero movie that’s worth seeing twice, and that is a rare sighting indeed.
Jimi Famurewa from Empire was equally enthusiastic writing:
Like Taika Waititi before him, Ryan Coogler gives the Marvel template a bold auteurist twist with an African extravaganza that packs a muscular intensity and challenges as much as it exhilarates.
But one of Black Panther’s greatest triumphs is to make you forget the barrier-breaking significance of its mere existence.
By the time the climactic battle has broken out – set a world away from the customary razed metropolis of modern comic-book films – you’re too busy marvelling at its bottomless invention, its big-hearted verve, to truly consider the game-changing revolution playing out in front of you.
Long live the king.
As Famurewa references, Black Panther is an extremely important film breaking down all kinds of barriers.
Based on Jack Kirby’s 1966 comic, the movie is a long overdue celebration of African culture, heritage and heroes featuring Marvel’s first ever predominantly black cast.
Although we have had the odd black hero pop up in films in the past such as Luke Cage and Blade, we have never had anything quite like Black Panther before as Chadewick Boseman’s character is at the forefront of the film.
For decades there has been a significant lack of representation in all cinema not just the superhero genre but Black Panther changes this.
Not only is African culture represented in this film, but it is shown in a good light as Wakanda, the fictional nation in which the film is set, is a land of invention, technology and beauty – not poverty and starvation.
We can’t wait to see it!
Black Panther arrives in UK cinemas February 13.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.