The outlet reports that “Black reviewers and geek sites, in particular, were effusive about the positive representations of black women.”
“Natasha Alford, an editor at The Grio, made the point that there will be a generation of kids growing up seeing superheroes that look like them.”
Tre’vell Anderson of the Los Angeles Times called “Black Panther” a “love letter about blackness.”
“ReBecca Theodore-Vachon, who has written for Forbes and RogerEbert.com, was one among many who felt that the characters of Shuri and Okoye were important and necessary portraits of black women not seen before in superhero movies.”
Many black reviewers also praised director Ryan Coogler’s “handling of issues of identity and imperialism.”
Marvel’s “Black Panther” Los Angeles world premiere was held at the Dolby Theatre on January 29, where audiences were treated to the first screening of the film.
Check out what Angela Bassett had to say about the hotly anticipated film during her red carpet interview, watch:
Additional reactions from notable film reviewers include CNN’s Frank Pallotta, who praised Michael B. Jordan as a “top-tier” Marvel villain.
Mashable’s Angie Han tweeted: “I never wanted this movie to end, and as soon as it did I wanted to go back. Solid action, smart story, tons of personality. Shuri is my new fave, Nakia is everything, Killmonger is incredible, T’Challa deserves to rule the MCU. Coogler has done it again.”
And Collider’s Steven Weintraub predicted that “Black Panther” would make “serious” big office bank, adding: “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.”
“Black Panther” opens nationwide Feb. 16 and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
In “Black Panther,” T’Challa returns home as king of Wakanda but finds his sovereignty challenged by a long-time adversary in a conflict that has global consequences.
Watch: Ryan Coogler at Marvel Studios’ Black Panther World Premiere Red Carpet:
Check out the #BlackStarPower at the world premiere via the photo gallery below and watch Marvel’s full red carpet stream here.
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.
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