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In the past week, Black Panther has been at the forefront of film news. Interviews with cast members such as Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Martin Freeman have all been released. Moreover, the world premiere for Black Panther was just around the corner at that time and it has come and gone. Indeed, the lucky few who attended the premiere have seen the film and posted their first reactions on social media.
It is safe to say that the first reactions for Black Panther have been tremendously positive. True, full reviews for the film are still under embargo so we do not have in-depth reactions about what made Black Panther such a seemingly great film. Still, it is clear to see how well this film has been received by film critics/pundits. You can see below a handful of the positive social media reactions for the latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU):
Coogler does it again! 3 for 3 #blackpanther is thrilling, emotional and has one of the best villains in the MCU. Every character has purpose and it’s a pure ride from start to finish. Great movie.
— Kristian Harloff (@KristianHarloff) January 30, 2018
BLACK PANTHER is incredible, kinetic, purposeful. A superhero movie about why representation & identity matters, and how tragic it is when those things are denied to people. The 1st MCU movie about something real; Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger had me weeping and he’s the VILLAIN
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) January 30, 2018
Black Panther 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. Marvels most political movie. So good. #BlackPanther
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) January 30, 2018
BLACK PANTHER is not screwing around. By far the most political Marvel chapter, to the point I had to remind myself this is a Marvel movie. BLACK PANTHER is a movie with a lot to say.
Also, Michael B. Jordan … damn
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) January 30, 2018
#marvel does it again with 'Black Panther'. Very impressed with the story and filmmaking. @michaelb4jordan absolutely kills it as the villain and is the best one since Loki. Also @DanaiGurira kicks so much ass and I loved every second of it. Going to make serious $. pic.twitter.com/YBrg2x3Nnz
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) January 30, 2018
As you can see, the story, visuals and political undertones in Black Panther have been widely celebrated. Furthermore, praise for the film directed by Ryan Coogler is particularly centred on Michael B. Jordan’s performance as Erik Killmonger. I am absolutely delighted that an MCU villain is being heralded as not only one of the best elements of Black Panther but also as one of the best villains in the MCU.
We know that the MCU has had problems with its villains. They are not always the most compelling or layered antagonists we have seen in superhero films. Nevertheless, some good ones have come out of this franchise. For me, The Vulture comes to mind as does Ultron. I am glad that the reaction to the antagonist in Black Panther has been as positive as it is. I cannot wait to see Erik Killmonger for myself once the film is released in the United Kingdom.
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