If there were even the tiniest bit of doubt that Black Panther would live up to the hype, last night’s premiere has squashed it.
It’s not like the excitement around this movie is a surprise. The character T’Challa/Black Panther first appeared in Captain America: Civil War, but this is his first solo movie, and the anticipation resulted in Marvel’s biggest pre-sale numbers to date. Even Lupita Nyong’o—who stars in the movie as Nakia—had trouble getting tickets.
Black Panther is the 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa a.k.a. Black Panther, the ruler of Wakanda, Michael B. Jordan as the movie’s villain, Killmonger, and Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman, and more.
Last night’s global premiere had critics absolutely buzzing on social media. They hailed Black Panther as their favorite Marvel movie, and many said it wasn’t even a contest.