'Black Panther' premiere was black excellence at its finest

It is, in essence, a fictional African utopia that's rich in culture and bulletproof vibranium - the same material that lines the shield of Captain America.

Reviewers have been noting that Black Panther is unabashedly political, puts an emphasis on presenting black women as capable heroes, delivers on the aesthetics time and time again, brings us maybe the best Marvel villain in Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan) since Thor's Loki, and is just plain fun.

Given that Black Panther will be Marvel's final movie before Avengers: Infinity War, did these two scenes foreshadow what's to come in this all-star team-up picture?

Black Panther is now tracking for a box-office opening of $100 million to $120 million - "a pretty conservative number", Broadnax says.

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"Others were more tempered like writer Dave Schilling who says, "'Black Panther' is not the best Marvel movie.

And Janelle Monae wasn't even subtle about the queen subtext, wearing a crown on her head along with her black gown with exaggerated blue and white sleeves. Thankfully, it looks like the film is another win for Marvel and another win for Ryan Coogler, who is fast emerging as one of Hollywood's top talents. The character "absolutely kills it", he said.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and John Kan. You've seen nothing like this in a superhero movie - it's bold, lovely & intense, but there's a depth & spiritualness that is unlike anything Marvel has ever done. You've seen nothing like this in a superhero movie - it's bold, lovely & intense, but there's a depth & spiritualness that is unlike anything Marvel has ever done. "Just got out of premiere & overwhelmed at the imagery, the majesty, & a film that elevates the superhero genre to new heights". Had this movie come out almost 25 years ago, however, it might have been Wesley Snipes portraying the king of fictional African nation Wakanda, rather than Chadwick Boseman (42).

Actor Sydelle Noel (C) at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Shawn Robbins at Box Office Pro predicts "Black Panther" will open with North American weekend sales of $133 million and eventually do $371 million domestically.

  • Lawrence Cooper