Black Panther review round-up: This Marvel film could be the most political MCU movie yet

Ryan Coogler's Black Panther had its first screenings on Monday night and a premiere in Los Angeles.

FP Staff January 30, 2018 15:13:04 IST
Black Panther review round-up: This Marvel film could be the most political MCU movie yet

"Incredible" and "kinetic" are just a few of the loving words that people are using to describe and praise Marvel's Black Panther.

The film from director Ryan Coogler had its first screenings on Monday night and a premiere in Los Angeles. Official reviews won't go out until 6 February, but audiences at the select screenings were able to share non-spoiler reactions on social media.

Black Panther review roundup This Marvel film could be the most political MCU movie yet

Black Panther movie poster. Marvel

Los Angeles Times writer Jen Yamato wrote on Twitter that it is the first Marvel movie about something real. "Black Panther is incredible, kinetic, purposeful," Yamato wrote. "A superhero movie about why representation & identity matters, and how tragic it is when those things are denied to people."

The film features a largely black cast including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o. It follows T'Challa (Boseman) after the death of his father, the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, and his ascension to the throne.

"I never wanted this movie to end, and as soon as it did I wanted to go back," tweeted Mashable critic Angie Han. "Solid action, smart story, tons of personality."

Han and Vulture editor Kyle Buchanan both singled out Letitia Wright for her character Shuri, T'Challa's inventor sister. Many spoke highly of Jordan's Erik Killmonger, a villain, and Danai Gurira's warrior character Okoye too.

Slash Film editor Peter Sciretta called it "Marvel's most political film to date" and said it "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."

Others were more tempered like writer Dave Schilling who says, "Black Panther is not the best Marvel movie. It's not the worst Marvel movie. It's an entertaining movie." IndieWire critic David Ehrlich wrote that it's, "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."

Here's the first wave of reviews as the social media embargo for the movie lifted.

Black Panther hits theatres worldwide on 16 February.

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