To me, Black Panther looks the same as every other Marvel movie. Early critical reactions on social media were nothing if not glowing, and now the full reviews have started to hit the web. While Black Panther is focused on the character T'Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, the film is not T'Challa's first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The BBFC also gave Black Panther a rating of 12A (PG-13) for "moderate violence, injury detail, rude gesture".
"We see when we're there, we see beauty, we see power, we see potential, we see ability, we see resources". In fact, Black Panther has a flawless score on Rotten Tomatoes (as of now).
As well as breaking ground with its African focus, Black Panther also avoids being another superhero sausage-fest.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Black Panther first appeared on the page of Marvel Comics in 1966.
Because it is about T'Challa, Black Panther is inherently a story about kings and kingdoms, which means it is also a story about fathers, bloodlines and generational strife. But the conflict at the heart of "Black Panther" is between separate factions of an African diaspora in a mythological realm filled with colonizers and racists who curse the Wakandan as "savages". The costume work in this movie is some of the bravest, most artful choices in any film of recent memory. Though Boseman's pivots from dignity to delight on a dime, the screenplay (by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole) has trouble finding ways to emotionally engage with the character, all the way through an action climax whose humanity is outweighed by its CGI. But what sneaks up and floors you is the film's racial conscience and profound, astonishing beauty.
Becoming king, however, brings its share of challenges - top among them determining Wakanda's proper role in the wider world, and facing a threat in the form of Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan, who starred in Coogler's "Rocky" sequel, "Creed"), a villain with an intricate back story of his own. The result feels revolutionary.
Many reviews have singled out director Ryan Coogler for praise, applauding his ability to deliver a film with a distinctive voice within the boundaries of the franchise, and its mega-studio owners Disney.
The action scenes in Black Panther are definitely a step up from what I've seen in previous Marvel movies. Like Chris Nolan, Ryan Coogler has followed up an acclaimed indie and a solid studio programmer with a terrific would-be superhero blockbuster that, yes, deserves comparison to Batman Begins.
"Black Panther" is expected to gross as much as $150 million in its domestic debut, reports Deadline - a commercial result that would reflect the critical reception.
The final word: it's afro-futuristic and Blackity-black as hell. Fandango reported that its first 24 hours of ticket presales for the film were the largest ever for a Marvel film, surpassing Captain America: Civil War in 2016. At one point, a young black boy in a rundown apartment dismisses the idea of Wakanda itself: What good is "a kid in Oakland, running around believing in fairy tales"? Aside from the incredible representation and the gorgeous visuals, the story is terrific. Far more unsafe, though, is the aptly named militant Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), who looks to Vibranium to power a full-scale worldwide race war. "But they're never exhibited", Gurira said. That sharp eye and wounded heart shine through a tough exterior to illuminate a real human being.
The battle finale is the same structure of three fights crosscut at the same time, but again it's three simultaneous battles featuring African characters so that's significant. With little time to find his feet or grieve, T'Challa must participate in an elaborate ritual at Warrior Falls, a series of controlled waterfalls looking over a giant ravine.