The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest entry, “Black Panther,” had its world premiere Monday night in Los Angeles and critics’ early reactions are already rolling in.
With full reviews embargoed until Feb. 6 at 9 a.m., film fans were quick to share their thoughts on the Chadwick Boseman-starrer.
See some of the first reactions below:
Jen Yamato of the Los Angeles Times calls it “incredible, kinetic, purposeful. A superhero movie about why representation & identity matters, and how tragic it is when those things are denied to people. The [first] MCU movie about something real; Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger had me weeping and he’s the VILLAIN.”
Natasha Alford of The Grio wrote that the “nuances and details in the #BlackPanther storyline are impeccable. I didn’t feel pandered to, stereotyped, or turned off. I felt incredible pride at every turn and these are fictional characters.”
ReBecca Theodore-Vachon of Entertainment Weekly wrote that “Ryan Coogler has changed [the] game for MCU” and that “Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurai bring the heat.”
Geeks of Color wrote that “Black Panther” is the “best movie ever” and that it was “by far the best marvel movie to date.”
Steven Weintraub of Collider wrote that he was “very impressed with the story and filmmaking. [Michael B. Jordan] absolutely kills it as the villain and is the best one since Loki.”
Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm said that “Black Panther” “looks, feels and sounds unlike any Marvel film to date” and called it “Marvels (sic) most political movie.” Sciretta predicted that the film will receive be nominated for costume, art, and production design awards.
Angie J. Han of Mashable said that she “never wanted this movie to end…Solid action, smart story, tons of personality…[Director Ryan] Coogler has done it again.”
Kyle Buchanan of New York Magazine/Vulture wrote that “the MVP of ‘Black Panther’ is Letitia Wright’s hilarious, ebullient Shuri.”
Erik Davis of Fandango said that “Black Panther” is the “James Bond of the MCU…It’s bold, beautiful & intense, but there’s a depth & spiritualness that is unlike anything Marvel has ever done…The best part of ‘Black Panther’ is how it unravels this deeply emotional & complex story about family ties and protecting your tribe.”
Brian Truitt of USA Today wrote that “Black Panther” is “simply awesome” and has a “deep bench of memorable characters.”
Marc Bernardin said that at “first blush: majestic.”
James Gunn commended Ryan Coogler, calling the film “extraordinary work.”
Tre’vell Anderson of the L.A. Times wrote that “Black Panther” is a “love letter about blackness” and that “this world’s livelihood is in our blood.”
The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez wrote that “the argument can be made for #BlackPanther being the best Marvel film ever” and that it’s “a film that elevates the superhero genre to new heights.”
Cheo Hodari Coker, the creator and showrunner of Marvel’s “Luke Cage” had nothing but praise for the “Cooglerization” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Creed” actress Tessa Thompson had a short (but sweet) reaction…