- The film hasn't been released yet, but "Black Panther" is currently the best-reviewed Marvel Studios film, with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score from 50 early reviews.
- Critics praise the film for delivering a worthy villain played by Michael B. Jordan, and a sense of identity rarely seen in super hero movies.
"Black Panther" is still over a week away from its official release, but critics are already praising it as Marvel's best.
It currently sits at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes out of 50 reviews, and critics especially love Michael B. Jordan's villain, Erik Killmonger.
When "Wonder Woman" opened to praise and box-office success last year, many said it was a step in the right direction for super hero movies to break barriers. The same could be said for Marvel's "Black Panther," the upcoming new entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that opens February 16 nationwide.
The character of Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, was first introduced on-screen in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War" and will be seen again in May in "Avengers: Infinity War." But before that, Black Panther, also known as T'Challa — king of a fictional African nation named Wakanda — will receive the big-screen solo treatment from director Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station," "Creed").
It marks the first movie in the MCU to focus on a black main character with a nearly all-black cast, something that critics have praised along with its politically charged story that "has something to say."
In Business Insider's review, Jason Guerrasio said that it is "the rare Marvel movie that makes you care about the villain."
Below are samples of some of the responses to the film so far:
"Not to minimize the alien death funnels of the Avengers films, but the conflicts threatened here hit frighteningly close to home."
David Edelstein, Vulture.
"'Black Panther' is different. It’s the first one of these films that flows with a genuine sense of culture and identity, memory and musicality."
David Ehrlich, Indiewire.
"One of the most dramatic — and relevant — storylines the film explores is whether or not advanced societies owe it to the global community to share their discoveries rather than keep their bounty to themselves."
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
"Like Christopher Nolan, who was 35 when he reanimated the Batman franchise, the 31-year-old Coogler has a gift for putting his own spin on genre..."
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.
"Yet, it wouldn’t be a Marvel movie without some issues. The action is a bit of a mess, which is a shame considering how well Coogler directed the fight scenes in 'Creed.'"
Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist.
"'Black Panther' stands for everything that's been missing from Marvel's — and Hollywood's — universe."
Jake Coyle, Associated Press.
"As played by Michael B. Jordan, Coogler’s lucky charm, Erik is instantly likable, dangerously sexy, and capable of extraordinary violence."
Haleigh Foutch, Collider.
"The cast of 'Black Panther' is so stacked that two-time Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown plays a part that’s buried so deep in the roster that he’s basically the seventh or eighth lead."
Todd VanDerWerff, Vox.