Fans' palpable excitement of Marvel's Black Panther has transcended to the Twitterverse, with the film recently declared as the most-tweeted film for 2018.
The Chadwick Boseman-starrer garnered 5 million tweets, which says so much about people's anticipation about Black Panther. It is now the most-tweeted film for this year, followed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi, then Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
The hype is clearly heightened, with more and more fans talking about the film in days leading to its premiere. Twitter has also taken a move to further support Black Panther. It had included emojis inspired by the characters of this Marvel film.
Black Panther, Shuri, Nakia, Killmonger, and Okoye now have their emojis which can be used with their respective hashtags. #WakandaForever and #BlackPantherLive also come with the Black Panther emoji.
The film, which is set to hit theaters on Friday, Feb. 16, has already been dubbed as the fastest movie to sell pre-selling tickets by company Fandango. Black Panther had exceeded Hunger Games in 2012 and Beauty and the Beast in 2017. The numbers have been impressive, to say the least, and Fandango predicted that it could even surpass other superhero movies.
"It's not just a superhero movie, it's a ground-breaking cultural event," Fandango's Erik Davis explained.
Davis added that favorable reviews are generally a big factor that can build up the excitement. A nod to that is the recent 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Indeed, many film critics have lauded the highly anticipated Marvel film. Independent's Geoffrey Macnab praised the director for a movie that stirs a sensitive issue while producing a very entertaining masterpiece at the same time.
The film is also seen to be reaching greater heights, with tracker service provider NRG envisioning a $165 million President's Day weekend opening. Initially, the company predicted the domestic opening to amass $125 million.
The film talks about T'Challa who went home from Captain America: Civil War. He is set to be the king of Wakanda, but things won't go as planned after a former nemesis made his presence felt. T'Challa, who is also Black Panther, must face a problem that could put the world in a critical situation.
Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler, who was also the brains behind 2015's Creed and 2013's Fruitvale Station. The star-studded cast include Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, and Martin Freeman, among many others.