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.
Jill Scott didn’t mince words, saying Black Panther “surpassed Star Wars.”
Actually, she said it in all caps.
USA TODAY’S Brian Truitt calledBlack Panther “simply awesome” and a “top 5 all-time Marvel movie, easy.”
#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
“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.”
— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) January 30, 2018
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