Though Black Panther always seemed destined to score strong reviews from critics, did anyone really expect it to score this well?
At present, Ryan Coogler's superhero epic is the best reviewed film in the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and more often than not actually lives up to the immense hype that this implies.
While the film perhaps doesn't quite reach the dizzying, novel heights of, say, 2012's The Avengers, it's certainly in the same ballpark, delivering the thrills and laughs audiences expect from the MCU, but shot through a distinctly different lens.
Much like last year's Wonder Woman, it's an easy film to root for, championing diversity and inclusion as it does, and the fact it's genuinely great in its own right only makes it that much easier to like.
Between the film's rave reviews and tracking suggesting it's going to massively over-perform initial expectations at the box office, Hollywood desperately needs to take note. Black stories have a huge audience, and it's about time we got more of them, especially at this price point...
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