'Black Panther': What The Critics Are Saying

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"When I came and sat down to watch Civil War before it came out, I was trying to make my mind up if the film was right for me", Coogler told us.

While the script for Black Panther was written long before the "shithole countries" conversation began, it is hard to ignore what the movie is saying about the role that superpowers have to play on the global stage. The first critic reviews have been released online this morning and it's safe to say that there is a positive word of mouth surrounding the critics.

Black Panther comes thrillingly close to joining him at the summit. It's set to hit United Kingdom cinemas on 12 February. The most dynamic of them is Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), a defiantly independent woman whose commitment to broader social outreach often puts her at loggerheads with Wakanda's insular instinct to not engage with the wider world.

Angel Parker: Captain America, Iron Man, and Wonder Woman.

But we also get to see how Black Panther uses some of those comic book themes as a reflection of today. Bizarrely for a post-year-2000 world, there has nearly never been a major feature film about a superhero where the lead character/hero was black.

The average rating for Black Panther right now is an 8.6/10, while Thor: Ragnarok's score was 7.5/10 and Spider-Man: Homecoming's score was 7.7/10 in comparison.

Speaking of Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier was last seen seeking sanctuary and asylum in Wakanda, the fictional utopia in which Black Panther takes place, and though Sebastian Stan's anti-hero spends much of the film in a cryogenic chamber, he'll be resurrected in time for Avengers: Infinity War.

Black Panther is way better when it's about the royal family than when it's about the vibranium Maguffin mission.




There's an all-star line-up which includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke and John Kani.

Plus, though they didn't know it at the time, that decision was also a huge factor in landing director Ryan Coogler, who was at first unsure if Black Panther should be his next film.

The 41-year-old American stars in the titular role in the 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - the first black superhero to get his own standalone movie.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther starts disappointingly, with animation accompanied by narrated exposition to explain the history of Wakanda - and frankly it's the only part of the movie that doesn't really work, because this kind of introduction just never works.

Just weeks after the events of Captain America: Civil War, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to his home of Wakanda, a nation that has been hidden away from other nations who would exploit the nation's most valuable resource, vibranium.

Coogler's film purrs sweetly during quieter, contemplative moments too, as conflicted characters wrestle with moral obligations to share wealth and knowledge with less fortunate kin.

Michael B. Jordan appears on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in Burbank, Calif. Black Panther is that film. We're doing what we want.

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