Marvel hits another one out of the park as their latest superhero film Black Panther earns an impressive 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Ahead of the film's release, the initial wave of official reviews makes its way online. Fifty-five critic reviews are in on Rotten Tomatoes and every single one sings praises of the Wakandan king's first solo movie.
With the perfect critic score (so far), Black Panther becomes the Marvel Cinematic Universe's highest-rated film on Rotten Tomatoes. The very first of their superhero movies Iron Man (2008) follows with 94 percent.
What Critics Are Saying
Twitter reactions after the premiere already hyped up the film as attendees took to social media to gush about the new release.
This time, the critics don't hold back with their rave reviews either, stressing that Black Panther is intelligent, action-packed, and visually dazzling. Even in the superhero-infused world, it seems this one stands out.
"Black Panther is every bit as good as you were hoping," Liz Braun assures in a review in Toronto Sun. "Actually — it's better. A terrific screenplay from Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole elevates this thing way beyond the usual boundaries of the Marvel Universe."
Chadwick Boseman isn't new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having made his debut as T'challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. This time though, he's at the helm without the other Avengers in his native Wakanda, a technologically advanced nation that is striking, culturally rich, and unlike anything else in Marvel or beyond.
"Say this about Black Panther, which raises movie escapism very near the level of art: You've never seen anything like it in your life," Rolling Stone's Peter Travers writes.
While it won't be surprising if the ratings slip a few notches with the occasional outlier, the initial overwhelmingly positive reviews spell good news for Black Panther and speak volumes on the quality of the film.
Sabotage Threats Thwarted
Not everyone is high on the hype of the movie, and some of the naysayers plotted to flood Rotten Tomatoes with negative audience scores to keep the average rating of the Marvel film down.
The Facebook group was called "Down with Disney's Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys." A few days ago, an event was also created: "Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes." It had around 3,700 participants.
After Rotten Tomatoes released a statement condemning the attempt to manipulate their website, Facebook also took action by taking down the group's page due to its violation of the site's community standards.
Black Panther stars Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, and Martin Freeman. The film is slated to be released on Feb. 16.