The world has finally started to see Black Panther, the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means the first reactions to the movie have started to arrive on social media. While full reviews are still under embargo, critics and those in attendance at Black Panther’s premiere have plenty to say about it that should give you some indication of how the movie was received.
— Mike Rougeau (@RogueCheddar) January 30, 2018
GameSpot’s own Michael Rougeau sums up the most people’s feelings about the film with a simple GIF. Others, including LA Times writer Jen Yamato, praised the world the movie built and the representation it gives black viewers who often don’t get to see people like them on the big screen. “Black Panther is incredible, kinetic, purposeful,” she writes. “A superhero movie about why representation & identity matters, and how tragic it is when those things are denied to people.”
BLACK PANTHER is incredible, kinetic, purposeful. A superhero movie about why representation & identity matters, and how tragic it is when those things are denied to people. The 1st MCU movie about something real; Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger had me weeping and he’s the VILLAIN
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) January 30, 2018
Representation is something many who were able to view the film see as the most important aspect of what director Ryan Coogler has crafted. “[The] representation of Black women in [Black Panther] made me feel seen. Seen in a way other superhero movies have not done well,” journalist ReBecca Theodore-Vacon writes. Natasha Alford, deputy editor at The Grio, adds, “If you don’t understand the power of representation, imagine growing up never seeing a superhero who looks like you. When American Girl dolls came out I always picked Addy who had to escape slavery. But now kids have [Black Panther’s] Nakia, Shuri, and Okoye.”
Black Panther is the best MCU movie ever. I was blown away from start to finish and I’m not even being biased. This was by far the best marvel movie to date. Thank you, Ryan Coogler! #BlackPanther pic.twitter.com/8Qh0hlOYAb
— Geeks of Color (@GeeksOfColor) January 30, 2018
If you don’t understand the power of representation, imagine growing up never seeing a superhero who looks like you. When American Girl dolls came out I always picked Addy who had to escape slavery. But now kids have #BlackPanther’s Nakia, Shuri and Okoye. Dope on many levels.
— Natasha Alford 🇵🇷✊🏾👩🏾💻🎥 (@NatashaSAlford) January 30, 2018
Beyond the importance of who the movie portrayed, it is also being praised for how well its story is told. “[Black Panther] is exceptional–the James Bond of the MCU. You’ve seen nothing like this in a superhero movie–it’s bold, beautiful & intense, but there’s a depth & spiritualness that is unlike anything Marvel has ever done.,” Fandango’s Erik Davis says. Adds Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta, “Black Panther looks, feels and sounds unlike any Marvel film to date. A visual feast. Wakanda is amazingly realized, the antagonist actually has an arc with emotional motivations. Marvel’s most political movie. So good.”
#BlackPanther is exceptional – the James Bond of the MCU. You’ve seen nothing like this in a superhero movie – it’s bold, beautiful & intense, but there’s a depth & spiritualness that is unlike anything Marvel has ever done. It’s 100% African & it is dope af. pic.twitter.com/Z77IjnIjf2
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) January 30, 2018
Black Panther looks, feels and sounds unlike any Marvel film to date. A visual feast. Wakanda is amazingly realized, the antagonist actually has an arc with emotional motivations. Marvels most political movie. So good. #BlackPanther
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) January 30, 2018
Whether it’s the plot, the design, the cast, or the messages it’s sending, the reaction to the movie was universally positive. While reviews will certainly go into more detail about Black Panther, these reactions bode well for how many viewers will see the film when it finally hits theaters.
— Chris E. Hayner (@ChrisHayner) January 30, 2018
So…#BlackPanther. So much to digest. But first blush: Majestic.
— Marc Bernardin (@marcbernardin) January 30, 2018
Still thinking about #BlackPanther and the premiere! It was more than a movie screening. It was a celebration! What a wonderful night! What a wonderful movie! Can’t wait to see it again! pic.twitter.com/OUOrAfi94t
— Andre Black Nerd (@BlackNerd) January 30, 2018
#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
— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) January 30, 2018
It’s not just critics that loved the film. The red carpet premiere also means many directors and actors, including those responsible for other MCU movies, were able to take in the movie and share their thoughts.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 30, 2018
BLACK PANTHER is fantastic. Beautiful, soulful, thoughtful and of the moment. Ryan Coogler knows what he’s doing. Long live T’Challa!
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) January 30, 2018
I don’t know where to begin with Black Panther. Ryan Coogler & Marvel got it SO RIGHT – the landscape has CHANGED. But I’ll start with the fierce, hilarious women of Wakanda – & costumer @iamRuthECarter, who did Serenity & does HISTORIC work here. Wows all ‘round. #BlackPanther pic.twitter.com/epGxbU1QNR
— Joss (@joss) January 30, 2018
By this point, you should be ready to see Black Panther. Thankfully, you only have a couple of weeks left to wait. The movie hits theaters on February 16.