Is 'Black Panther' Good? Marvel Studios Blockbuster Earns Rave Reviews After Hollywood Premiere

The first reviews for Black Panther are in and they are very, very good.

The Marvel Studios blockbuster, starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan, premiered in front of a star-studded audience in Hollywood Monday night.

Director Ryan Coogler’s addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was praised for being original, highly diverse, and incredibly moving.

Here are some of the audience reactions.

Set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, Boseman reprises his role as the country’s king, T’Challa, who moonlights as the heroic Black Panther. Boseman first played the part in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Coogler’s cast boasts a who’s who of black actors—the first time that a Marvel superhero movie has featured a predominantly non-white cast. As well as reuniting with Jordan, the star of Fruitvale Station and Creed, Coogler’s all-star cast includes The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Oscar-nominated Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya.

Early audiences particularly pinpointed Jordan’s villain, Erik Killmonger, as being an effective foil to Black Panther.

The early audience also lauded the film’s strong female representation. Nyong’o, Gurira and Letitia Wright, who plays T’Challa’s sister Shuri, all play a prominent part in the movie’s action scenes.

Black Panther opens in theaters February 16. It will be closely followed by the release of The Avengers: Infinity War in May, with Boseman, Gurira and Wright forming part of the large ensemble cast that will unite characters from various Marvel movies.

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