Black Panther won’t hit theaters for another few weeks, but Marvel Studios is already letting people see the movie. Specifically, the studio showed the film to a handful of journalists, who were allowed to share their reactions on social media.
So, does Black Panther live up to the hype? It sure sounds like it.
Now, it’s worth tempering expectations when reading reactions on social media. Often, people haven’t had long to digest what they just saw. Even still, many of the journalists who saw the film seem to agree: Black Panther is among Marvel’s best.
Which is great news considering the caliber of Marvel films over the previous few years. Black Panther was a standout character when he debuted in Captain America: Civil War, and he’s finally getting his due.
What’s especially promising is how thrilled people are by Michael B. Jordan’s turn as Erik Killmonger, who is said to be Marvel’s best villain since Loki. The women in the film are also said to kick major butt.
These early reactions may not be entirely representative of how the larger public reacts to Black Panther. But if we judge based on the trailers and these first impressions, the film will be yet another Marvel hit.
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
— Roth Cornet (@RothCornet) January 30, 2018
Saw #BlackPanther tonight at long last, and was so impressed by the characters and world building that Ryan Coogler brought to the MCU. This movie asks the right questions and challenges the right themes, while creating one of the most impactful villains to date with Killmonger. pic.twitter.com/6tBus6KZ2I
— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) January 30, 2018
BLACK PANTHER is exactly what you'd expect from Ryan Coogler: A better-than-average superhero movie. I dug the music, the costumes, the gadgets & the intimacy. It's abt the fight for the future of Wakanda, and thus the fate of the world. The LADIES rule – Lupita, Letitia & Danai.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) 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
BLACK PANTHER is not screwing around. By far the most political Marvel chapter, to the point I had to remind myself this is a Marvel movie. BLACK PANTHER is a movie with a lot to say.
Also, Michael B. Jordan … damn
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) January 30, 2018
So much love for Black Panther. The exploration of Wakanda is phenomenal, Erik Killmonger is unquestionably one of Marvel's best villains, and manages to be both fun and dramatic. Can't wait to see it again! pic.twitter.com/46fRrYKuul
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) January 30, 2018
#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 is like a Marvel movie, but better. the action is predictably awful, but this is the first MCU film that has an actual sense of identity & history & musicality. Wakanda is alive. whole cast is great but the women (and the war rhinos) steal the show — Danai Gurira!
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) January 30, 2018
Black Panther is epic on the outside, but powerful and intimate on the inside. It feels totally different from the rest of MCU in the best possible ways. pic.twitter.com/tJNQJF19wb
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) January 30, 2018