Black Panther: Marvel's next superhero film likely to break records as it marks end of an era ahead of Infinity War
Most of the old superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are likely to retire after the two Infinity Wars movies, passing the torch to Black Panther.
Riding on favourable early reviews and praise for introducing the long neglected diversity in the superhero fueled Hollywood business, Black Panther is expected to set a massive box office opening this coming weekend.
The movie, which has already garnered a 97 per cent rating on the review aggregation service Rotten Tomatoes, the highest for a Marvel movie so far, which will strongly influence opening weekend footfalls, is projected to debut with up to $150 million earnings on the President's Day weekend, as reported by CNBC.
Black Panther is also hyped to break the all time President’s Day weekend record of $152 million, set by Deadpool in 2016, as reported by Variety.
Marvel already boasts of back to back $100 million debuts in its canon with Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, and it looks like nobody can doubt Black Panther’s ability to do the same. Black Panther is the first mainstream black superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is helmed by prominent African-American director Ryan Coogler, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong‘o.
The huge expectations and rave reviews for the film are being attributed to the film being different from most Marvel films, with strong political messaging and even more heightened visual wizardry. The character Black Panther has been in the Avengers and is the king of the technically advanced African nation Wakanda, who operates as a masked protector of a nation strategic in the Marvel comic book world for its naturally occurring metallic ore Vibranium, most commonly known as the metal Captain America’s shield was made of.
The film is also important since a generation of MCU superheroes are on the cusp of retirement post the two Infinity War films coming up after Black Panther and Chadwick Boseman, along with the latest Spider-Man Tom Holland, are expected to carry on the mantle. One could glimpse the culmination of an era at Marvel Studios with a recent 10-year anniversary commemorative photograph featuring the old and new generation of Marvel superheroes together. The anniversary will coincide with the release of The Avengers: Infinity War on 4 May. Black Panther releases this Friday on 16 February.
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