The hype is very real people.
Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, is the latest release from Marvel Studios and the newest installment of its cinematic universe. The movie tells the story of T’Challa, the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda and eponymous hero, as he faces off against an enemy that threatens to destroy everything T’Challa holds dear.
It has seen $404 million in worldwide box office returns and over $235 million in domestic numbers, per Box Office Mojo. It had the fifth-highest grossing opening for any film ever, yes ever. It was also the third-highest grossing movie in history for a four-day weekend. It has been a massive coup for Marvel, as it is clear the film has resonated with its audience and is currently one of the most talked about topics in the country.
Not only is the film seeing massive financial success, critics have been responding to it very positively as well. It’s currently sitting at a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, now making it the number one highest rated movie on the site, based on the number of reviews. It holds an 87% MetaScore, which aggregates critics’ reviews and averages them.
IGN says “Black Panther delivers the goods as an adventure film, a political statement, and a cultural celebration.” Entertainment Weekly adds that ” [Black] Panther’s nuanced celebration of pride and identity and personal responsibility doesn’t just feel like a fresh direction for the genre, it’s the movie’s own true superpower.”
Not only is the movie a rousing success, its musical companion Black Panther: The Album has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard music charts.
It’s safe to say that people cannot get enough of Black Panther and fans won’t have to wait long to see more of him and his supporting cast, as they will appear in the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Infinity War, which premieres in May.