Journalists and entertainment industry elite alike could not contain their excitement after Marvel premiered “Black Panther” in Los Angeles and held several press screenings last night (January 29). They flooded social media with ecstatic praise after they left the theaters, turning Black Panther and First Reactions into trending topics on Twitter.
Variety reports that press outlets cannot publish full-length reviews of the film until February 6—ten days ahead of the film’s debut—but many critics and other attendees posted their overwhelmingly positive first impressions of the film on social media. Most of the tweets celebrated the movie’s screenplay, depiction of multidimensional Black characters and performances by its all-Black leading cast, and several called “Black Panther” the best Marvel Comics Universe movies ever. Here are 10 must-see tweets from film critics and artists:
Black Panther is the best MCU movie ever. I was blown away from start to finish and I’m not even being biased. This was by far the best marvel movie to date. Thank you, Ryan Coogler! #BlackPanther pic.twitter.com/8Qh0hlOYAb
— Geeks of Color (@GeeksOfColor) January 30, 2018
Ryan Coogler had something to say, y’all.
So #BlackPanther is a Marvel movie with a message.
The revolution will not be televised but this flick is straight up revolutionary!
Danai and Leticia steal every scene they are in.
I’m crying nerds tears cuz…. pic.twitter.com/AUojmReXb9
— Jacqueline (@THATJacqueline) January 30, 2018
— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) January 30, 2018
#BlackPanther is a love letter about blackness, to a world that often ghettoizes it without realizing that it is on black backs that this planet revolves.
This world’s livelihood is in our blood. pic.twitter.com/FscW1hWbI6
— Tre’vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) January 30, 2018
Guys. I can’t say much, but HOLY CRAP. I’ve never — ever — seen us look like this in a film. Amazing. Please go see this. #BlackPanther
— KelleyLCarter (@KelleyLCarter) January 30, 2018
Yes this will be the Blackest movie of all time! Excellent special effects, compelling story line, brilliant performances! This will go down in history as Marvel’s best! #BlackPanther #BlackPantherSoLIT
— Jamie “Is February 16 2018 Here Yet?” Broadnax (@JamieBroadnax) January 30, 2018
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) January 30, 2018
BLACK PANTHER SURPASSED STAR WARS. With gratitude, awe, respect and invigoration, sincerely,
— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) January 30, 2018
BLACK PANTHER, my goodness.
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) January 30, 2018
Black Panther is essential. Incredible. Revolutionary. Woke. Fun. I can’t stop thinking about it. The Cooglerization of the Marvel Universe is exhilarating.
— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) January 30, 2018
For those with two hours to spare, Marvel posted a livestream of the purple carpet event that preceded the LA premiere on YouTube: