The plot, for those unfamiliar with the background of the Marvel character, has been summarized by Disney publicity as follows:
“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.”
Attesting to Disney’s confidence in the film’s appeal, and in stark contrast to the bulk of LA premieres, this time out critics were invited to join the fray. Though full blown reviews won’t come for another week or so, many critics took to the Twittersphere where they were lavish with their early praise.
Jen Yamato of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “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.”
USA Today‘s Brian Truitt said of the movie, “#BlackPanther is simply awesome. Extremely bold and as touching as it is thrilling, it boasts GOT-style intrigue, crazy innovative action and a deep bench of memorable characters. Top 5 all-time Marvel movie, easy.”
Industry insiders are projecting big numbers for Black Panther come opening weekend. Figures have been placed in the $100 – $120 million range.
The film is directed by Ryan Coogle from a screenplay by Joe Robert Cole and characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Black Panther is rated PG-13.
Black Panther trailer